“Yes, I'm paranoid — but am I paranoid enough?” David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
The FBI Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny Wiretapping Your Amazon Echo
by Matt Novak
"We live in a world awash in microphones. They’re in our smartphones, they’re in our computers, and they’re in our TVs. We used to expect that they were only listening when we asked them to listen. But increasingly we’ve invited our internet-connected gadgets to be “always listening.” There’s no better example of this than the Amazon Echo."
"In many ways the Echo is a law enforcement dream. Imagine if you could go back in time and tell police that one day people would willingly put microphones in their own homes that, with a little hacking, could be heard from anywhere in the world 24/7. . . ."
"Years ago agencies like the FBI would need to wiretap a phone conversation or place bugs inside homes, practices that can be cost prohibitive and labor intensive. Today, you just need some software to tap into a device’s microphone. And if that device is “always listening” for a command, all the better for someone who wants to hear what’s going on."