The Dangerous Security Of An Amazon Drone That Spies On The Inside Of Your Home

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Amazon’s
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home-security business Ring announced a niche offering Thursday: a drone that flies inside a house. Dubbed the “Always Home Cam,” this interior surveillance apparatus is designed to ship in 2021, with an expected list price of $250. It is, in many ways, a caricature of gimmick drones, of home security, and of what an opt-in panopticon offers.

Ring’s Always Home Cam is a quadcopter built only for indoor flight, its small rotors contained in boxy protective grills. Its body, dangling from below the rotors, contains a 1080p video camera, which effectively shutters itself inside a charging station when the drone is at rest. While the dimensions are not yet public, the largest Ring device on the market today is barely longer than 5 inches, and it is safe to assume the Always Home Cam will be somewhat similarly proportioned.

The stated purpose of the interior surveillance drone is as an antidote to forgetfulness. Ring’s own release cites it as a singularly economical way to answer such humdrum questions as “did I leave a window open or the stove on at home,” instead of installing room-specific cameras everywhere.

It is also, by design, part of a larger family of Ring surveillance devices. Most of these systems are pointed outward, at the perceived or imagined external threats that might venture into a residence. In the imagined scenario, following the triggering of another alarm, Ring’s drone will launch, flying a preset pattern through the house, its camera streaming what it sees to the user who ordered it to fly.

In order to do any of this, the Ring drone has to first be programmed with a layout of the home it is occupying, and then have a

Chinese spies infiltrating US law enforcement, business world a ‘real threat:’ NYPD commissioner

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Chinese spies infiltrating U.S. law enforcement and the business world poses a “real threat” to the country, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said on Friday.

“I think this is something everyone should be aware of,” Shea told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo during an interview. “Not just NYPD, but any business should be aware of. This is a real threat.”

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Shea’s comments came several days after federal prosecutors charged a New York City police officer, who is also a U.S. Army reservist, with acting as an illegal agent of China since 2018.

Baimadajie Angwang, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Tibet, worked since 2018 as an agent for the People’s Republic of China in its effort to suppress the movement, according to a criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court. It says that he secretly worked for unnamed handlers from the Chinese consulate in New York.

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There was no allegation that Angwang compromised national security or New York Police Department operations. Still, he was considered “the definition of an insider threat,” William Sweeney, head of the FBI’s New York office, said in a statement.

Along with being a NYPD officer, Angwang is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve who was given security clearance by the Department of Defense, according to court papers that accuse him of lying during a background check that got him that status.

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Angwang’s job as