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The good folks at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center have developed malware that can seize control of your smartphone and use its camera to document your life. Here’s the full article, and the implications are pretty frightening.

If you own a smartphone, the government now has the capability to electronically enter your home and record you and your surroundings, any time of the day or night. I’m pretty sure hackers are also eyeing this software so they can use it to steal everything from financial data to nude photos.

My wife used to complain I was nuts because I put a piece of electrical tape over the built-in webcam on our laptop every time I used it. Ditto for the fact that I use a “Jitterbug” cellphone made for senior citizens because it has no camera. Do I sound slightly less crazy now?

As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be a contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and some of the stories that the field agents told me were mind-blowing. Our government is out of control, and the amount of information they’re collecting is staggering.

We are at a point where every citizen will have a dossier, and in the event you run afoul of the Feds, they’ll just dip into that electronic repository to build a case against you and lock you up.

I used to think Julian Assange was just a mincing little twat with a bad hairdo and a flawed ideology, but I’m starting to develop a grudging respect for him.