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According to a report, China may be using software inside smart coffee makers to spy on the owners of the devices.
According to American researcher Christopher Balding, internet-connected coffee makers made in China are just one of the many ways China can collect data. Balding published a report specifically on Kalerm machines made in Jiangsu, China.
“China really collects data on really anything and everything,” Balding told The Washington Times. “As the manufacturing hub of the world, they can put that capability into all kinds of devices that come out all over the world.”
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“Coffee machine data may seem rather mundane, but as with many aspects of data, risks exist in the way the data is used,” the report said, adding that the machines will collect payment data in environments business as well as time and location data even in home settings.
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“If all the information were compiled, it would yield insights into the user’s name, relative location, and usage patterns,” the report said.
China has many ways to collect and is already collecting data on average Americans. Matthew Pottinger, former deputy national security adviser to President Donald Trump, told Congress last year that China already has enough data to build a “dossier” on every American.
“Assembling files on people has always been a feature of Leninist regimes, but Beijing’s penetration of digital networks around the world, including the use of 5G networks…has really taken this to a new level.” , Pottinger told a Senate panel in August 2021.
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“So the Party now compiles files on millions of foreign citizens around the world, using the material it gathers to influence, target, intimidate, reward, blackmail, flatter, humiliate and ultimately divide and rule,” he added. “The sensitive data stolen from Beijing is enough to build a dossier on every American adult and many of our children as well, who are fair game under Beijing’s political warfare rules.”
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