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Darpa Warns: Your iPhone Is a Military Threat

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posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 06:40 PM
Hi everyone,

Came across and wanted to share this info.
I don't own one of these babies but thought you guys should know our iphones are a military threat per DARPA.

There’s a growing threat to the U.S. military, according to the Pentagon’s premier research wing. No, it’s not Iran’s nukes or China’s missiles. It’s the iPads, Android phones and other gadgets we all carry around with us every day.

“Commercial consumer electronics has created vulnerabilities by enabling sensors, computing, imaging, and communications capabilities that as recently as 15 years ago, were the exclusive domain of military systems,” Darpa deputy director Kaigham “Ken” Gabriel tells the House Armed Services Committee’s panel on emerging threats. “These capabilities now are in the hands of hundreds of millions of people around the world and in use every day.”

“This is not an abstract vulnerability. We have not enjoyed spectrum dominance since about 1997,” he adds.

But Gabriel, in his written testimony (.pdf), says the consumer tech threat is very real — especially to the Pentagon’s once unparalleled ability to wage electronic warfare. Today’s communications devices hopscotch between frequencies in a way that makes them tough to spoof or jam. Tomorrow’s electronics — which will likely rely on lasers to pass along data and phone conversations — will be even tougher to stop.

Sometimes I tend to think that all of this high technology isn't so good for us.

Too many people have become dependent upon all of this technology.
Now look at what DARPA has to say.

Everything is too woven - inter-connected.....too unsafe , no security.
Look at all of the Web - hacks, banking hacks, phone hacks...I could go on and on
with a rant but this is all for our convenience....

I ask, what have we traded in for this?

Maybe we should go back to the stone tablet?
Seriously, I have no solutions to our many problems.
But thought you guys should be alerted to this.

See link for Full article :]
edit on 29-2-2012 by SeekerLou because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 06:47 PM
people wont revolt over ethical things, but by golley start taking away their iphones and we might see a full on revolution!

i think they are great/bad tools. We are going to have no phsyical writen history with everything going electronic. More people are dependent on them to do basic funcitons, i.e. spell. calculate, even remember basic facts. why try to retain what you can google later?

maybe a new dark age is on its way?

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 06:51 PM
Easy solution: instead wining about the security vulnerabilities of said electronics spend some of that billions we taxpayers pay to DARPA yearly and develop something that will plug up those vulnerabilities.

Seriously you don't pay a carpenter to fix your house and have him point out that there is a hole in the wall that he never fixes.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 06:59 PM
Evil Likes to do its thing in the dark.
and for no one to see or know about it.

next they will use your moble phone as a target system.
fire a missle at you.

we need to stop using windows too!
as they are the enemy.

Let NO place be hiden.
let NO evil deed be done in secret.
let the People film it and show it to the world.
And let the Anger of the world be apon them.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:02 PM
Masses are too ingrained with their cell media. Though, computer use benefits us all. We can't ignore technology has made life more stressful. Sure a threat to the military but they just can't take this from us! The greatest connection between the people globally.

I'm not a cell user, don't like them and will not them replace computer use.
To give advice to those in similar opinion, only keep one handy for emergency; I have a slightly older one(replace once and a while) with charger handy for car trips out of the area in case I were to careen off a dangerous mountain mountain road, or other driving emergency The GPS and use of 911 of the cell can help me be located.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:07 PM
Of course.

It can expose the corrupt cops, the corrupt politicians and the corrupt medias...

Not to mention that people can use them to organize.

What about DARPA works for those who pay their salary for once???

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:20 PM
this goes along with the whole armed insurrection from within theory.

this is military strategists warning others on their side and in their technical fields to be wary that the public now has the same ability to wage reconnaissance warfare, albeit assymetrically in comparison.

they are worried of average joe, who has woken up to the military industrial complex, that he might go out with his iphone and start collecting intel on potential targets of interest to someone thinking of a future violent revolt.
then that info can be spread through encrypted messages that echelon can't pick up on.

it's beautiful really, we could use their own tech against them if we needed to. couple of rogue tekkies get together and set up a private network for anyone resisting. who knows.

I like to think that if it was clear that there needed to be a revolution, that at least some corportions and specialists in their field would join and help.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:26 PM
reply to post by SeekerLou

“This is not an abstract vulnerability. We have not enjoyed spectrum dominance since about 1997,” he adds.


This is an interesting quote. In other words, the private sector is moving as fast (if not faster) than the military.

The implications of this are profound.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 07:29 PM
Didn't DARPA develop the world wide web? Kinda hypocritical, huh?

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 08:03 PM
This reminds me of many years ago, when... I think it was a playstation or some console, in the late 90's.. was in the news because the hardware it had was capable of being used in military application, I think it was targeting.

Google sucks and I can't find a reference, but it was on the news at the time..

obviously, it was never really an issue, because no one started WW3 with a console.

just, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 08:06 PM
Everything being so interconnected is a large risk. I think a lot of people have forgotten how to live (survive?) without technology. If all the electricity disappeared tomorrow I think within a year the world would be back to the stone age and minus several billion people. I'm sure every one of us knows one ore more people who's life revolves around technology whether it's their iphone/android or online games or latest xbox/ps3 game or whatever other latest tech they need. You take that away from them and they'd be lost and worse, they'd have no concept of how to survive.

The military is scared of the technology being in the hands of millions of people because it makes it that much harder to manipulate and control those people, that much harder to hide things, that much harder to maintain control. There's far more population than there are security forces to control them. The greater the potential weaponry you put in the hands of that population the harder it becomes to maintain the upper hand. The government control structures are loosing their grip... and the pentagon knows it.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 08:06 PM

Originally posted by Cosmic911
Didn't DARPA develop the world wide web? Kinda hypocritical, huh?

Well they helped develop arpanet and the tcp/ip protocol which the WWW is based on.

Bit like you using 2 tin cans to talk to your friend out the back, and then your neighbours doing the same but improving on it. You started it, but you didn't invent what we call the internet today.

posted on Feb, 29 2012 @ 08:11 PM
reply to post by mainidh

Got ya. Thanks for the clarification! I knew they had "something" to do with it.

Like other ATS members have mentioned, the government is fearful of certain technologies in the hands of ordinary citizens, especially en masse.

posted on Mar, 22 2012 @ 12:01 PM
Been busy with other things lately. Am so sorry for being so long on replying in this thread
I have not stayed atop this subject... dealing with other issues (presently having to battle with the smart meter intallation , so if anyone can help me out, I'd appreciate it.)

Also, if anyone has newly found info on this OP , please add to thread and let me know.

I have to ask, are they trying to take away the iphones now, because they are a mil threat? Anyone have the latest?

Appreciate you all.
Thank you so much for your input.

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