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The CIA may be spying on us with our own phones (The 3:59, Ep. 191)

In this privacy-themed episode, we talk about the alleged CIA hacking methods disclosed by WikiLeaks, the battle in DC over your online data and more Echo drama.

The CIA has allegedly been hacking into our phones.

The CIA is listening in our conversations and it may be the fault of our iPhones and Galaxy S handsets.

At least, that's according to WikiLeaks and its Tuesday release of documents that reveal the CIA's techniques for hacking into our lives. The documents show that the CIA was able to use exploits and find ways to break into the operating systems used for iPhones and Android phones, as well as computers running on Windows and Linux. CNET is unable to verify whether the documents are real or have been altered.

So are we freaked out? Yeah.

In this privacy-themed episode, we discuss the brewing battle in DC over the rules that govern what internet service providers can do with our online data. We also talk about the anticlimactic end to the standoff between Amazon and authorities over data that may (or may not) have been stored in an Echo related to a murder trial.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.

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The CIA may be spying on us with our own phones. (The 3:59, Ep. 191)


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