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Can wifi signals be used to read lips?

This Atlantic article claims that researchers have been able to do numerous high-level diagnostics by analyzing disruptions in wifi signal fields, including identifying individuals and reading lips: ...
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Do the “Presidential Alerts” give the government full access to all phone functionality?

John McAfee, libertarian politician and former computer programmer, tweeted this: The "Presidential alerts": they are capable of accessing the E911 chip in your phones - giving them full access ...
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Can cell phones be remotely converted into listening devices?

This is one of the statements of Richard Stallman in his homepage as an explanation of why he doesn't own a cell phone: Cell phones are tracking and surveillance devices. They all enable the ...
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Can cell phones be turned on remotely for surveillance by the NSA?

Edward Snowden had previously revealed that NSA has the capability to turn on a cell phone even when it is turned off ( but with batteries on ) and can then record conversations. Others like CNN state ...
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Does the NSA deliberately and systematically spy on US citizens without warrants? [closed]

Since Edward Snowden's initial revelations last year, it has become nearly an article of faith that the National Security Agency has routinely and systematically eavesdropped on the electronic ...
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Do “License Plate Blockers” work?

There are several products on the market that claim to block license plates from being read by cameras, including: Plastic covers, number plate covers which are designed to protect your vehicle ...
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Can NSA's portable surveillance radars emit 1kW of RF energy?

I came across this talk by Jacob Appelbaum, where he revealed some tools used by NSA for the mass surveillance via TAO. At the end of the talk he also added that the NSA could actually beam a 1 kW RF ...
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Have the NSA spying programs stopped any terrorist attacks? [closed]

The government claims that these security programs are necessary for our safety, and have cited over 50 examples wherein terrorist plots were discovered and stopped due to this surveillance. However, ...
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Can Skype wiretap your calls?

The Skype-Open-Source Blog speculates that Microsoft have changed the architecture of Skype in order to facilitate wiretapping: Two months ago, Skype replaces user-hosted P2P supernodes with Linux ...
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Can a computer be hacked to use a connected speaker as a microphone?

I read a book in which someone hacked into a computer and used the speakers (not a microphone) to listen to what was happening in the room. Is this even remotely possible without gaining physical ...
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Are electronic power consumption “smart meters” an invasion of privacy?

I've recently seen some commotion online about "smart meters," electronic power consumption meters that are replacing the mechanical meters in some areas. My understanding is that these meters have ...