CIA Director David Petraeus, speaking at a summit organized by tech company In-Q-Tell, reportedly opened up about some shocking uses for all the “killer apps” and remote devices people are using in the modern economy. According to Petraeus, even doing something so simple as using Google Maps on one’s iPhone can now be used by the CIA to track movements. Newsmax caught the story and reports it as follows:
“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus reportedly said at the summit, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation Internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” the CIA director continued.Petraeus acknowledged these new household spy devices would likely change “our notions of identity and secrecy,” which is something that worries privacy protection groups and lawmakers already concerned about how easy it is to obtain information from personal devices.
But wait, there’s more!
“Men in Black III” may not be out for a while, but some of the technology used in the series might not be science fiction for long. Petraeus also reportedly expressed interest in being able to create new identities for undercover agents while simultaneously “wiping” all record of their real lives from the internet. This kind of ability to literally rewrite cyber-history (as well as possibly even real history) would not only be a dramatic increase in power for this already influential arm of the Federal Government, but could open the door for all sorts of other web manipulation.