FBI Director James Comey drew the ire of privacy and security advocates after admitting to covering his laptop webcam with tape Wednesday during a speech at Kenyon College.


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While being asked about the public’s growing awareness of surveillance during the Q&A portion, Comey stated he began covering his webcam after seeing the practice from “somebody smarter” than him.

“I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera,” he said. “Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.”

The comment immediately raised flags for several leading security experts who viewed the remark as an example of blatant hypocrisy. While demanding companies stop providing “unhackable” tech in light of the Apple standoff, Comey is simultaneously using an effective, albeit primitive, method to thwart a surveillance technique utilized by his agency.

Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union, took to Twitter the following day to point out the director’s faux pas.

Soghoian also drew connections to Comey’s comments regarding Apple’s “warrant-proof” iPhone.

The federal government and malicious hackers have long exploited vulnerabilities in computers (and their users) to spy through laptop cameras.

As noted by NPR, the FBI deployed malware designed to do just that in 2013 during an investigation into a man suspected of issuing bomb threats against US airports and universities.

The hacking method also received widespread coverage in 2014 after files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden showed how the NSA aided Britain’s GCHQ in targeting 1.8 million webcams in a six-month period alone. Known as “Optic Nerve,” the program caused internal issues at GCHQ due to the massive amount of nude photographs collected.

Years prior to the Snowden leaks, Infowars repeatedly warned of such dangers from both governments, black hat hackers and other nefarious actors when the media still largely viewed the issue as conspiratorial.

Comey’s calm admission shows just how far society has fallen into a surveilled technological control grid.

Watch as Alex Jones protests the FBI’s hacking hypocrisy:

Alex Jones Takes His Clothes off for the FBI

Posted by Alex Jones on Saturday, April 9, 2016


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