Chinese Espionage

Here’s an interesting report. If this is accurate, you’d do well to kill every smart appliance in your house, if you were stupid enough to have any.

VIDEO: IT Expert Ramsland: Audit in Savannah, Georgia Shows Tabulation Machines Were Sending Results to China
Russell James Ramsland Jr. of the Allied Security Operations Group recently said a forensic audit in Savannah, Georgia, “Shows tabulation machines were sending election results to CHINA.”

Russell Ramsland: It looks like it’s going to prove out to be correct that in Georgia there is a “smart thermostat” that is talking to the tabulations and reporting the votes back to China. And that was traced by a Microsoft engineer and he brought it to our attention yesterday. So that’s being monitored.

Everyone knows — or should — that these “smart” devices can access wifi for Internet access. I guess some idjits find it convenient to reach their thermostats and coffee pots by phone. I’ve never felt the need, and specifically object to sending my household data to anonymous third parties. But this is far, far worse.

This is not you giving a thermostat your wifi password so it can talk over the ‘Net with your phone. This is a thermostat logging in to another device — not just a router — and either giving it instructions to send tabulation results to the thermostat for relay to someone else’s server, or the thermostat was acting as a packet sniffer to snag all the packets the tabulation is machine is already sending somewhere else.

One would hope that, if the tabulator was on wireless, that it would be a password protected connection. The thermostat was apparently able to either securely log in, or it was seemingly capable of reading a secure connection. That is not an accident. It is not a flaw. It is not innocuous. It can log into a secure device, or it can break wifi encryption.

That can only be a device designed from the ground up for espionage.

Please note that I barely even touched upon the tabulation machine’s security.

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2 thoughts on “Chinese Espionage”

  1. A while back I read one story to many about Amazon’s shenanigans with the Alexa devices. I took all four of them and out of the house they went. It wasn’t a big loss to me, as I had never went the “home automation” route to any great extent.

    Daughter and SIL, on the other hand, have their home automated. You can’t turn on a freaking light with a switch because it screws up the automation. So much for the “smart” in smart home.

    Best thing you can do is have a “none/none” rule in your router for outgoing traffic, and then open holes just for the things you want to talk to the world.

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