Frightening latest technology within the hands of presidency intelligence agencies has the power to commandeer any smart camera and even “alter feeds” to control each its audio and visuals — including past recordings, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
The Big Brother-like software — utilized by the nation’s intelligence agency Mossad — has been brokered since 2018 to global states by a former Israeli militia cyber chief’s company, Toka.
But only recently has the true power of this superior hacking tool been revealed.
Its top secret clients have the “previously out-of-reach capabilities” to locate all security and web cameras in a given perimeter with the skills to tap into the feeds to observe, hack and even doctor them — including previous footage — at their discretion, the paper reported.
Covert tech allows government agencies to hack into and manipulate smart camera footage.Getty Images/iStockphoto
Specifically, it may well “transform untapped [Internet of things] sensors into intelligence sources” within the interest of “intelligence and operational needs,” in keeping with 2021 internal company documents Haaretz obtained.
Moreover, these tools facilitate users to “discover and access security and smart cameras” that aid in assessing a “targeted area.” There may be one other piece of “access” tech generally known as “automotive forensics and intelligence” which may “wirelessly” geolocate vehicles as well.
The spy service — which has its pieces bundled together as a package deal — also boasts its capabilities to wipe or change footage in real time, referring to the practice as “masking of on-site activities” for “covert operations.”
Frightening latest technology could be used to doctor cam feeds.Getty Images/iStockphoto
“These are capabilities that were previously unimaginable,” human rights lawyer Alon Sapir said. “It is a dystopian technology from a human rights perspective. Just its mere existence raises serious questions.”
Sapir fears situations by which the federal government utilized technology could be abused.
“One can imagine video being manipulated to incriminate innocent residents or shield guilty parties which might be near the system, and even just manipulative editing for ideological and even political purposes should it fall into the flawed hands,” he said.
An organization spokesperson told Haaretz that “Toka conducts a rigorous, annual review and approval process that’s guided by international indices of corruption, rule of law and civil liberties and aided by outside advisors with extensive and reputable expertise in anti-corruption practices.”
Cameras could be tapped into through latest technology utilized by intelligence agencies.Getty Images/iStockphoto
The Toka rep added that its only clients are “the US and its closest allies … Toka doesn’t sell to non-public clients or individuals.”
“In no way will our company sell our products to countries or entities sanctioned by the US Dept. of Treasury or disallowed by the Israeli Defense Export Control Agency – limiting our potential clientele to agencies in fewer than one-fifth of all countries on the earth.”
Toka, which has offices in each Tel Aviv and Washington DC, has a planned “expansion of existing deployment” in its host nation, in keeping with Haaretz.