Published On: Aug 19 2013 11:07:45 AM CDTUpdated On: Jan 17 2014 09:19:35 AM CST
Paranoia is high among some Americans after former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked details of the National Security Administration's top-secret domestic surveillance program in May.
Some are worried what the government may know about them, and have compared the program to the government spying made famous in the 2002 film "Minority Report," where police are able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes.
Drones are also big in spying news, but did you know there are items in your own home that collect data about you and how you use them? That information could be available to criminals if the networks they connect to are hacked into. Here, ABC News has compiled a list of appliances and other household items that could be spying on you:
A security flaw allowed security firm ReVuln to hack into Samsung's newest televisions last year, accessing users' settings, installing malware on the TVs and any connected devices and harvesting users' private information. Samsung has since fixed the flaw, but it raises bigger security questions with it comes to your TV.
Your DVR/cable box
According to ABC, companies like Google and Verizon are reportedly developing cable boxes with video cameras and even motion sensors built into them to target ads to who's watching at the time. Creepy? Think what a hacker could do with that technology.
From the mouth of former CIA Director David Petraeus comes concerns that even appliances as mundane as your toaster or dishwasher could soon be used to gather intelligence about you.
Many of these appliances now connect to the Internet, helping manufacturers troubleshoot performance and improve energy efficiency and allowing users to program the coffeemaker or dryer from their tablet or smartphone.
But ABC News argues this information could also be used by hackers to geo-locate you.
Your heat & air conditioning
Homeowners can control some newer heating and air conditioning systems via the Internet to change the settings while they're away from home. ABC News says hackers and thieves could hack into the systems and gain private information.
Potential robbers could hack into your home lighting system and switch off the lights during a home invasion, according to ABC.
Home security alarms
Many of today's home security systems can connect wirelessly to homeowners' tablets and smartphones, again providing a network for potential burglars to hack into.
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