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HOAX: Cameras in Digital Converter Boxes

By February 20, 2009

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Screenshot of YouTube videoLIKE SUGARHOLICS peering into a candy store window, the conspiracy theorists among us are salivating over a YouTube video purporting to show the owner of a Magnavox digital-to-analog TV converter box disassembling the unit to reveal a tiny camera and microphone hidden inside. Supposedly, the device would make it possible for "the government, or whoever" to spy on people.

It's a hoax.

For starters, the spy equipment would do no one any good unless the boxes were also equipped with wireless transmitters. As can be seen by looking at online photos of the innards of untampered-with converters of the same make and model for comparison, not only does the circuit board in the video appear to contain no extra added electronics, but it's clear that the miniature "camera" and "microphone" were simply jerry-rigged in place on top of existing components.

And, needless to say, if such surveillance were actually to take place it would constitute a massive invasion of privacy and be illegal as all get-out. As imagined in the video, the scenario is too blatant, too clumsy, too preposterous to be true. It's a tongue-in-cheek enactment of someone's paranoid fantasy — worthy of a wink and a nod, perhaps, but not our hard-earned credence.

Update: 'Spy Cam' Video Maker Admits Hoax

Comments

February 21, 2009 at 9:11 am
(1) John says:

It’s time people realized that 90% of online videos are fakes. Why would you believe so quickly, something posted by some pimply-faced nerd in Illinois? As with everything else, common sense will help you a lot in life!

February 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm
(2) MaryBeth says:

The sad fact is that a large percentage of todays population lacks that very thing….common sense!

February 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm
(3) Justin says:

Common Sense? Why on Gods green earth would you think you need a wireless transmiter when your coax cable recieves and sends. And further more why else would the governtment be giving thes things away for free(and yes they are free they send you a coupon). They tap people cell phones on a daily maybe even hourly basis why not tap an item that has over 99% of americans glued to it. And if you think im wrong i wouldnt doubt if your iq was below 120.

February 22, 2009 at 2:16 am
(4) Jeff Harrington says:

***such surveillance were actually to take place it would constitute a massive invasion of privacy***

Yep, that proves it right there. We all know the government would never spy on the American public because that would be wrong. And if a commentator working for one of the big bought and paid for “news” networks like the Communist News Network, tells us its a farce, it must really be a farce.

Ok, I will concede that there is a chance that there really isn’t a factory installed camera in the converter box. That this video was made for effect. That even if there were, it wouldn’t do anyone any good because they wouldn’t know who has it or that there could be a way to find out.
Can you concede that its not that far fetched an idea in this day and age?

I take it from the story, the fella doesn’t realize that Bush has been under scrutiny for all the illegal wire tapping he caused to take place through AT&T and Verizon? I guess that didn’t count.
Or was that ok because it was done through the phone system?

Open your eyes people. This may in fact be a hoax but We can no longer be so ignorant to what is going on around us.

The government is to the point where they just announce the wrongful things they do through every form of media in use, because they know from history, we are not going to do a damn thing about it. We are to afraid of being taken out of our comfort zone and being inconvenienced.

February 22, 2009 at 3:04 am
(5) JR says:

Justin….. the government PAYS for the boxes by handing out the coupons. Samsung, magnavox, GE, sony etc. MAKE the boxes. so unless the government intercepts the boxes in route to the stores or has infiltrated the chinese sweat shop where the are most likely made, then i guess that means aluminum foil prices are sure to go up this month (all the hats being made)

February 22, 2009 at 9:13 am
(6) John says:

Justin – Actually, they are not completely free. The coupons cover $40, while the receivers are all $50 plus tax. Also, I have taken mine apart, and lo-and-behold there is no camera, or other devices inside, other than the receiver electronics. And, before it is asked, yes, I am an electronics technician. So, relax, and enjoy your digital TV!

February 22, 2009 at 9:43 am
(7) Julie says:

I am curious about something though, on Alex Jones’ website there was an article about this and here is something from the article

“In 2006, Google announced that they would use in-built computer microphones to listen in on users background noise, be it television, music or radio – and then direct advertising at them based on their preferences.

In March last year, Comcast announced that they were ‘experimenting with different camera technologies built into devices so it can know whos in your living room.’”

What’s the purpose? To target advertising? I’m skeptical to say the least. Now, I don’t know anything about Alex Jones or his website (www.prisonplanet.com) so if you can enlighten me, I would appreciate it. Seems a little “1984″ to me. Thanks.

February 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm
(8) Chris from Austin says:

Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist that lives in Austin. He is kinda nuts. He makes some interesting points, but is somewhat of a fanatic. He has spearheaded the 9/11 was an inside job movement. I actually met the guy one time when working at a toy store. He came in asking for playmobil figures. He was doing a story suggesting that all the criminal playmobil figures had smiles on their faces while the police always had frowns on their face.

February 22, 2009 at 5:09 pm
(9) TED says:

You can say Alex Jones is a “conspiracy theorist” if you like but everything he says he backs up with facts. He also gives the source for the facts. Your comment illustrates the point nicely. I don’t know what the story is on the playmobil figures but based on your comment he was actually checking them.

February 22, 2009 at 9:30 pm
(10) Eric says:

Julie, the thing abut Google using microphones was an April Fool’s Day joke.
That’s why it was posted on April 1.

February 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm
(11) Bill says:

Justin and the rest of you Alex Jones tin foil hat wearing freaks,

Maybe you missed the memo but these are OVER THE AIR Digital to Analog coverters. These are for people that are using an outside antenna and an older, non digital television. The box RECEIVES the digital television signal and then converts it to an analog signal so the older television can use it and be viewed. It is a RECEIVE UNIT.

Honestly, do you people wake up in the morning this stupid or do you take pills to help you be this stupid?

February 24, 2009 at 1:25 am
(12) Fred says:

Hi,

This is for Bill. Good Evening Bill, you lobotomized zombie. You are a nauseatingly repulsive moron that is showing off his stupidity much to the likings of a newly pinned 5 Star General.

Dear imbecile bill (purposely did not cap your name as you are obviously “the living brain dead”), has the MSG and Aspartame you consume on an hourly basis turned your brain to putrid poo poo, or were you just born that way?

The Digital Boxes, imbecile bill, have complete and TOTAL ability to TRANSMIT and RECEIVE. Do some verification above and beyond the spoon fed pablum that is seared into your damaged brain via your Mac Donald’s fun straw from the television set in your stinky-feet smelling living room.

You see, imbecile bill, beyond the fact that ALL DIGITAL ENABLED BOXES, OLD AND NEW, HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE, technology has currently advanced to an echelon (please look up the word “echelon”) where in which the public domain (even professionals in said field) would not even be able to RECOGNIZE A DEVICE, THE DEVICE, THAT TRANSMITS-RECEIVES-RECORDS YOU FROM THE UNIT.

Kapiche Happy Gilmore?

Have a wonderful, wonderful night, moron.

PS
Just kidding, I agree with you. :-) Love ya’..

February 24, 2009 at 2:30 am
(13) robot soma says:

Has Alex Jones EVER been wrong?

and what about the secret military army base in the us that is designed to blog=comment war the internet prior to shutting it down?

February 24, 2009 at 2:44 am
(14) not imbecile bill lol says:

Yes Justin your are correct!!! The majority of most cant believe or fathom that this would happen. And From What ive seen, these cameras and Mics are so tiny you cant find them. and if you do you will ruin the whole thing, an expensive route to go just to say hoax lol. Funny this actually happened and you can say conincedence, but for fun once we got ours put in I said something on purpose three different times and three different times our internet went out lol. for about a half an hour each time. this happened to me once, I put a cd on my media player and all was ok, I decided to burn it to cd, after that my media player was non existant for like a month, and i did turn off the pc and turn it back on many times before that. Ive put pictures from websites on profiles only to find them gone. Your friendly internet people at your server are behind that one. Trying to stop copywright infringement lol. Anyway say what you will but Big Brother is out there and invades your privacy daily. Its the ones who call us morons who actually dont have a clue LOL

February 24, 2009 at 2:48 am
(15) Steve says:

In an effort to keep commodity prices up, especially tin foil – I’d like to share the following: It was field tested several years ago and proved to be quite efficient to send data over power lines (Internet high speed). SO, unless one can identify every chip on a circuit board, it is theoretically possible for the gubmint to use these boxes as a spy device. 25% of tv viewers need to use them, the gubment is subsidizing the cost of a $60 box when a cheap vcr can be had for about $30, one should wonder why a simple digital to analog converter costs so much. After all, this function can be performed on a single chip – used in all digital scales.
Just in case this is not enough to get you to suck your thumb in a corner with your tin hat – consider that all that freed up analog bandwith will be, for the most part, used by ‘homeland’ security type uses. If you don’t understand the implications of this, just ask your Big Brother…

February 24, 2009 at 2:57 am
(16) not bill lol says:

Also the cable company will remain nameless but i read this in a real paper not some blog, that said cable company was testing a way for cable boxes to read body heat and somehow tell size and sex of whoever was watching. Now of course there are some tiny adults out there but this was a way to figure a kid was watching something they shouldnt and block the channel while that person was in the room. of course it couldnt work well cause it could be a small adult or something but just shows that they have been messing around with these boxes. Think about it like steve says. Yes homeland security and the military are taking over the old signal, just like the old UHF if your old enough to remember, I remember a few times getting some skip from the military base nearby over the UHF waves. eventually they got rid of it. tvs today dont have uhf. Funny though I have a small battery operated tv I thought wouldnt work anymore and it does. it has UHF LOL.

Anyway that article was in a credible paper, so if you think the gubment wouldnt do it think again. Invade your privacy? Hell they do it everyday LOL its called the internet. Most dont know the internet was created for DOD. Department of Defense, they called it a useless tool and put it out there for us, we blog and say things we shouldnt and its all read lol. Dumb Sheep we are lol BAAAAA

February 24, 2009 at 3:03 am
(17) anna says:

David, others have found these and also, how does it look ‘jerry rigged’, i look at electronics all the time and its a tidy job to me. Lastly, the easy way around privacy laws is to include the camera in the EULA documentation. You need to open your eyes young man.

February 24, 2009 at 3:21 am
(18) art hung lo says:

What else do you expect ! are you all surprised at this finding ? and oh ! who was the writer that said , that it would not be possible because it would be an invasion of our privacy. HAH ! give me a break ! are you serious ? YOU CANT BE THAT NAIVE !
well it is what it is…. anything electronic that you have in your house, just make sure you say nothing and unplug all of them including computers at the end of the day or when you are done using it. thats all ! including your cell phones …. then you dont have to talk about it anymore… next topic please . . .

February 24, 2009 at 3:30 am
(19) fw2009 says:

yes big brother is out there and in youre crap at almost all times, only tinfoil hats are for those that get a misleading info that leads nowhere, very easy to research echelon, big brother, nsa, aspartame, fluoride, gmo, whatever it is that you desire to know about. discerning truth from fabricated co-intel propaganda is a decision you’ll have to make. the very fact this was exposed as a hoax could very well be co-intel on its own, to get peoples faith in the spy boxes, i saw it as it was years ago when they tried it then. with all the crap our government has to deal with why should they care what kind of signal we recieve? they shouldnt, yes a wireless signal can be sent and recieved miles apart from a small circuit board designed for it, cell phone ring a bell

February 24, 2009 at 4:14 am
(20) J.tonkin says:

What if this is disinformation just to throw you off not to look inside your top box

February 24, 2009 at 5:21 am
(21) Arthur Guy says:

The technolology we are given is nothing compared to the technology the Military has at their disposal. They can hear and see every being on the Planet even through walls, even from space.

February 24, 2009 at 8:22 am
(22) Click says:

Not to mention, every phone in your house can be activated to listen, even when hung up!

February 24, 2009 at 9:01 am
(23) WEREFEAT says:

You know, for those of you who think there is some value obtained by watching TV, carry on. But if you were ever looking for an excuse to get off the mass media control grid, this would be a great time to escape.
Just say “No”.
“No theories, just conspiracies.”

February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am
(24) frank says:

hey,,just toss a “snuggie”, over the top of it.

February 24, 2009 at 10:09 am
(25) Invaded says:

“Not to mention, every phone in your house can be activated to listen, even when hung up!”

This can be done even with your phone turned off, you must take out the battery to avoid having your phone being activated.

“And, needless to say, if such surveillance were actually to take place it would constitute a massive invasion of privacy and be illegal as all get-out. It isn’t plausible. Rather, it’s a tongue-in-cheek enactment of someone’s paranoid fantasy worthy of a wink and a nod, perhaps, but not our hard-earned credence. ”

One of the most retarded statements I have heard in a while.

February 24, 2009 at 10:45 am
(26) lupo says:

Let me take you down, to strawberry field. Nothing is real.

February 24, 2009 at 11:19 am
(27) A. Magnus says:

“Its time people realized that 90% of online videos are fakes. Why would you believe so quickly, something posted by some pimply-faced nerd in Illinois?”

So when a thoroughly indoctrinated, designer-clothed and coiffed talking head lackey tells you your ‘news’ do you actually check everything they tell you as well? Or do you shun information just because it doesn’t come packaged to you with cool 3D graphics and a snazzy muzak background? Remember how the mainstream media told you last spring how strong the economy and banking system was. Still think you’re not being lied to by the professionals?

Skepticism needs to be across the board or it becomes worthless as an intellectual tool. If you think big-budget means objective reporting you’re about as gullible as any Soviet who thought Stalin was their savior.

February 24, 2009 at 11:28 am
(28) John says:

You can see the hole in the front plate where the camera is hidden. Look closely when he pulls the front plate off. If it was fake there would be no hidden peep hole.

That would be hard to fake since it’s a plastic molding.

Go buy on yourself and open it and prove it’s a Hoax.

February 24, 2009 at 11:37 am
(29) deadboy says:

im not sure why the government would put cameras in these devices. all the people who dont have cable are boring people clinging to their bibles and guns in bumpkinville. why spy on them? do the militias use tv with antennas? then id understand the spying.
this is a conspiracy that could unravel for the government way to easily. i wouldnt put it past them though.

February 24, 2009 at 11:44 am
(30) Lam says:

I believe the box is covertly spying. You know why, because its a law (feb 17, 09) to go digital broadcast, to have to own a box from a gov program subsidizing your purchase. I think a sate targets these boxes and can survail the local the box is in. We are being spied upon all the while our rights are being stolen. Now, do you think those who make the laws and steal your rights would tell you.

Note: I know some one in law enforcement who was given training on a hand held device that looks into your home from outside. This device sees everything as told to me by this cop. This device shows where everybody is behind solid objects.

Xtra: Bush came to our small town for a visit to honor families with deceased sons from iraq. A cop told me they were told to stay off their cellphones because all transmissions were being monitored. Bush also had a helichopper gunship in the air over the route and the cops were told this gunship will fire on any suspicious activity. Several officers were target acquired from the gunship as they, in plain clothes, entered the police department.

I believe the digital setop boxes are nefarious, tivo spies on you, cable spies on you, flat screen tv spies on you and satellites see your every move when your selected.

February 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(31) cable guy says:

I work in the cable industry, and this is simply beyond retarded. Tjhe cable company is going to invest millions on reading your body heat? Every other month Popular Mechanics says flying cars are coming too. Get real. Frankly, most consumer reporting agencies already have more than enough information on your buying habits. Why they’d spend millions on reading your body heat is beyond me, or anyone with a little common sense.
And no, while DCT’s send/receive… the bandwidth is mostly used for interactive features and on demand services. You think they’re gonna reconstruct their systems to allow the bandwidth to tell the difference if you’ve cracked a fart or a beer from your couch? Get real. Though, if anyone is following a link from Rense, whatever it is they’re trying to get, it sure isn’t “real.”

February 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(32) Tired49 says:

Hey do those tin foil hats works? My head hurts.

February 24, 2009 at 12:35 pm
(33) tired of crazies says:

Lam, you’re a moron. what do any of those things have to do with another? Is tivi watching me from the “hellichopper.” Is a hellichopper gunship the same as someone in a helicopter with a gun? How you jump from one subject to the other amazing me. Why don’t you take apart your car, and start looking for cameras?

February 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm
(34) 4w578i says:

I am the only person I have ever read, telling people to look for themselves.

February 24, 2009 at 2:56 pm
(35) not rense but says:

you can knock rense if you want but funny a lot of what is written there happens later or is happening, not all does but most does. and funny how they are usually ahead of everyone else. Rense is a great site!!! it helps some of the mindless sheep wake up.

February 24, 2009 at 5:06 pm
(36) joe smoe says:

jack ass said, “it would constitute a massive invasion of privacy and be illegal as all get-out.”

Well jack ass, it wouldn’t be the first time “they” ‘would constitute a massive invasion of privacy and be illegal as all get-out’

Also, the purpose of these devices may not be so much to video/audio your tv room behavior as it is to free up the available EM wavelengths for the microchips they plan on implanting into the sheeple.

February 24, 2009 at 7:01 pm
(37) G Marshall says:

There doesn’t have to be a camera in the cable
box. The Television is the camera. We used
them in California 20 years ago for protection devices like OnStar today. Only the security company could tap into your TV if your alarm went off. They could see if you were hurt or
being vandalized, or whatever. It’s out there,
Just doesn’t have everything set up completely
yet. First Onstar and your phones then comes
the television.
G M

February 24, 2009 at 7:13 pm
(38) Divine says:

Why does it seem so far out there? In England they’ve been doing it for ages, through TV’s for one thing. Anyways they dont need to put cameras or mic’s in anything they do it through other means.

February 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm
(39) leisha says:

What’s going to happen to sex on the couch????

February 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm
(40) GI Joe says:

Hey Bill, the difference between Alex Jones, not to mention Mike Rivero, Jeff Rense (on this topic at the very least) and Daryl Bradford Smith with the MSM is that the former will retract bad info upon discovery. And BTW, although it would be impractical to transmit back to the evil eye in the sky via DTV set top boxes, perhaps electric mains wiring has modem circuitry to aid in private info gathering. Maybe that’s why some of my electronics make a creepy noises when plugged into the wall. Those evil eye in the sky henchmen’s methods are very scientific, you know. They rely on constant and intersecting feedback to resonate their knowledge into exponential levels of understanding ABOUT HOW TO CONTROL US LIKE SIMPLE CATTLE. I, myself am more worried about the new RF field that DTV is giving out, that I’ve been reading about, lately. Worried about tumors but more worried about brainwave pollution (tampering??). Does that make me paranoid?

February 25, 2009 at 6:58 am
(41) John says:

Why don’t all of you paranoid yahoos just reject modern technology altogether? Become Amish, and then your fear of electronics will become a moot subject – You won’t have any to fear! It’s a surefire plan, and I hear Jebediah could sure use some help with the plowing!

February 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm
(42) Femme Fatale says:

I would double check your Magnavox converter boxes. I found a camera in my Magnavox DVD player. Magnavox is putting cameras in their products. They need to be exposed. Most likely the kid was paid to shut up about it.

February 25, 2009 at 11:35 pm
(43) Trust Me says:

Think about this. What if the youtube video was meant to be proven a hoax? Perhaps to marginalize those who would dare to voice suspicions about this digital conversion project? Whats really in that box? A camera ? Or perhaps something else? Heck they got satellites watching us already. Why the need to convert to digital transmissions? To program our minds with embedded government propaganda just like they do in China maybe? With digital it is much easier to see whats not and not see what really is. Perhaps like a jetliner plowing into a skyscraper? Remember 911? All you need to is the %5 of the talking heads on TV to tell you to believe what the other %95 are believing.

February 26, 2009 at 2:21 am
(44) stardust says:

“For starters, the spy equipment would do no one any good unless the boxes were also equipped with wireless transmitters”

100% FALSE. All you would need is the camera and a couple of chips on the board to make it work. The camera would digitize the picture, video and/or sound and send that stream back to the cable provider OR if there is another access point, the government could get it. Understand, I know this is all fake, and they wouldn’t attempt this because they’d probably get caught. BUT it’s very possible. The only limitation is bandwidth. So they might have to selectively snoop on people.. But yes, it’s all possible. As for hiding it, I’d think they’d do a much better just. Like encase the camera in plastic. But still, people would eventually find it… perhaps…

February 26, 2009 at 3:56 am
(45) Momz says:

You all do realize its true and whatsmore, lcd tvs are fully equiped as well. By all means put it down to conspiracy kooks, just like the ones that said area 51 actually existed when the government denied its very existance all along till they had to acknowledge it or face exposure of so much more. You all probably still believe the government has each and every one of your best interest at heart as well. They learned their lesson, and so will quelch upstarts and rebellions before they are allowed to become a true force. Talk begins at homes, in cars, in front of the telivision. Get it? Imagine if Paul Revere had a cell phone the brits could listen to wether the device was on or not? No USA, no constitution which none of you understand and no ideals of democracy. Ooo, somewhat like today in fact.

February 26, 2009 at 6:18 am
(46) John says:

I don’t think anyone is saying that our great government would never spy on us, just that this particular story is hogwash! I have examined both of my boxes, inside and out, and there were NO cameras, or other out-of-the-ordinary devices. So, calm down about this.

February 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm
(47) TimeSmack says:

Funny… all you’ve got to do is not watch broadcast TV. In case nobody noticed, it’s a waste of your life.
I don’t. My kids don’t, my wife doesn’t…
hmmm…
It’s simply amazing to me that that is NOT an option for what seems to be 99% of the population. You all get what you deserve.
Baaaaa.
Have a nice day.

February 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm
(48) Fox Mulder says:

If it isn’t true then show me a video with someone opeing the box and there are no cameras… I work for the FBI and only a FOOL would think that the government doesn’t spy on citizens… Scully has been trying to debunk my work for years….beyotch….The truth is out there….

February 26, 2009 at 7:22 pm
(49) EgypThaGreat says:

COMCAST PATENTED THAT EXACT TECHNOLOGY LAST YEAR IN MARCH. tHEY PUT IT IN THE NEWS AND NEWSPAPERS ONCE. ISNT IT KINDA FUNNY HOW OBAMA TRIED TO STOP IT BUT IT WAS DELAYED. I THINK OBAMA WAS BRIEFED ON THIS NEW TECH THEIR IMPLEMENTING AND WAS PROBABLY VERY BOTHERED BY IT. JUST REFERENCE THE 70′S MOVIE “1984″ BY GEORGE ORWELL. IF U WANT TO IGNORE THIS SERIOUS ISSUE THAN U CAN KEEP BEING A SHEEP AND A SLAVE BUT ME PERSONALLY AM THROWING AWAY MY TV COME JUNE 12 OR AT LEAST UNPLUGGING MY CABLE. I MEAN 4 THOSE WHO DONT UNDERSTAND THEY ALREADY USE SOME EMOTION AND MIND ALTERING FREQUENCIES IN WHO KNOWS HOW MANY TELEVISION PROGRAMS NOW. WHY ELSE WOULD SO MANY PEOPLE WATCH THESE USELESS AND TERRIBLE SHOWS. COME ON DISINFORMATIONISTS DISCREDIT THE HELL OUT OF ME. I KNOW THE TRUTH AND AM PUTTING THE WORD OUT. AND I AM A SKEPTIC MYSELF.

February 27, 2009 at 8:00 am
(50) ed bernays says:

It’s not much of a leap to believe this. If you read enough about behavioral targeting and search “Tru-Media Technologies” + “fox4kc” in case this link doesn’t work. The only barrier legally is in-home versus out-of-home. http://tinyurl.com/bhbxf6

February 27, 2009 at 9:33 am
(51) KJ says:

I think it’s very funny, wished it was me that had thought this one up.

February 27, 2009 at 9:41 am
(52) Don says:

MORONS! Let’s get real here. By and large, the majority of people needing these boxes because they can’t buy a digital TV. I’m sure the government would love to spy on certain individuals, legal or not, and I’m also sure they have no interest in what a couple of beer-swilling rednecks are talking about in their trailer while sitting around their 19″ Magnavox watching NASCAR.

February 27, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(53) lmc says:

I read everyone’s comments with rapt interest.

Now, please excuse me while I go get an excedrin.

I have a slight tic in my left eye now, and a raging headache.

February 27, 2009 at 7:14 pm
(54) TheEnemyBelow says:

Oh you poor people!!!
I’ve listened to Alex Jones a time
or two and I’ve come to the conclusion
that The Man Sees a Conspiracy In His Own Shadow!!!
You folks make Dale Gribble from King of the Hill look like Stephen Hawking!!
And as far as CNN being the Commie News Network,I think you folks have listened
to Kim Jong Bill O’Really and the rest of the bunch at Faux Snooze too much!!
Learn to think for yourselves people!!

February 27, 2009 at 7:24 pm
(55) fritz says:

Now I’m really worried. Didn’t think there were that many nut cases in the whole world!!

February 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm
(56) Just a though says:

Don’t you think, if the government was going to implement a major spying operation, they would make the cameras just a little harder to find?
Might they want to? Yes. Are they capable? Probably. Would they make it so it could be found by any yahoo with a screwdriver? No.

February 28, 2009 at 9:52 am
(57) madmike says:

It’s too late.
1. You already have cameras and mics in your computer that can be turned on and off remotely without you knowing.

2. Cameras are increasingly smaller, the lens makes them big. The IR receiver for your remote is a camera.

3. Do you really thank you are so special that anybody in the government will bother to watch the video? Only after you done flew a plane into a building.

You need to put black tape over the cameras, disable the sound, and get off your a– to change the channel.

February 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm
(58) wowee says:

Unless you have to something to hide, what the heck are you worried about? I have read all the blogs concerning this issue and I think too many people have too much time on their hands. Enjoy life to the fullest and don’t worry about who’s watching, maybe they will learn something.

February 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm
(59) Sylvana says:

C’mon people you’re getting paranoid. There are millions of people in the US. Do you honestly think that the government is going to spend billions of dollars monitoring everyone?! If you’re not a criminal relax please!

March 1, 2009 at 9:25 am
(60) John says:

I can’t believe everyone is worried about this. Look at the jobs it will create. I am sure there are other methods of watching people if they want to. Besides if they do this just think of the new youtube videos to come. Oh yeah Leisha living room sex will still happen. Only thing now it will be on pay per view. So show us your best side.

March 1, 2009 at 9:29 am
(61) LameAttempt says:

The article is a hatched job. It’s a proven hoax. Hoaxes happen all the time in sports, science, etc–nothing special.

March 1, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(62) Illuminatus says:

I assure you that resistance is futile…so have another beer, joint, donut or big plate of fried chicken…then sit back and relax.

We know who you are, and we know where you live.

March 5, 2009 at 10:34 am
(63) Gina says:

What I read was that “they” are sending out hypnotic signals thru the tv that they can’t do through analog, only digital.

They want us to agree to the new world order so they will subliminally convert us!

I don’t know if I believe it, I’m just passing on what I heard. It makes alot more sense than the barbie sized cameras! Why, who in the world would have time to monitor all of them?

March 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm
(64) Adam says:

but still….even if the microphone and camera piece are IN there….are they sure they aren’t “running”? I mean, think about it…sure, it may not be rigged to a phone line….but what’s stopping it from being “stored in memory” until say, someone wants issue a warrant and “check things out” – they seize your converter box, plug it in at the station, and there they got all the data they need? :)

Just a thought :P

May 27, 2009 at 1:04 am
(65) KG says:

What this author and some of you are missing is the fact that a camera in a digital box is completely unnecessary to spy on the public.

The very fact that you’re inviting all kinds of digital signals bouncing around your entire home is enough for me to be suspicious of this new mandatory digital conversion.

Do you really think they need a camera to see what you’re doing and listen to what you’re saying?

Think again. This is nothing more than a digital dolphin or bat that you will spend money on, like we’ve been doing already for the last decade.

May 29, 2009 at 10:35 am
(66) -=Ivrit007=- says:

I myself do not put it past the powers that be to do such a thing.

These new intersection cameras so called ‘Red Light Cameras’ that have been placed above the lights here in North Florida (Lake City, Live Oak, Gainesville and so on) Have been said to have the OCR Tek. Optical character recognition is not new and is pretty damn good at having the ability to snapshot ones face and determine facial measurements, even at angles.
A lot of mid range DigiCams and VidCams have this feature now to but this is the public sector versions;-}

Anyway if one is really worried about hidden CCD cameras that may be watching them then get one of these http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/sf-103.html
I hear they work. and there are many makers to choose from.

I don’t know….we can sit here and argue over this and cast doubts about our security or all of us can get one of these devices and hit the local WalMart and check out their electronic section. If we find this is true than I would expect a Massive outcry with enough people to prove something. nu?

August 11, 2009 at 3:27 pm
(67) NoobsArePeopleToo says:

(29) deadboy says: im not sure why the government would put cameras in these devices. all the people who dont have cable are boring people clinging to their bibles and guns in bumpkinville.

I don’t have cable. But, notice how most cable service now requires a cable box? I had cable briefly three times, never had to have a box until last year. A digital box which sends, receives, and stores information.

Anyway, I don’t like wasting money. It makes it take longer for me to surf through all the crap before finally ~not~ finding something good to watch.

I don’t own a gun. But if I did I’d shoot my bible.

Conspiracy theory? I think this time it is. Because too many professionals would know how to locate the hardware, even small. I suppose it is possible that “today’s technology can create devices unrecognizable by even the professionals” but they wouldn’t be professionals, then, would they?

January 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm
(68) Spy Gadgets says:

Yeah I mean honestly while this is a hoax, there are so many form factors for spy cams now that you don’t need a conspiracy.

February 1, 2011 at 11:49 am
(69) Shyloh J says:

Thank you for this article! I think just like the biometric lock, it’s a very smart idea to invest in safety and take precautions.
Wouldn’t you rather have one and not need it than need it and not have it? Life or death situations don’t give you a second chance if you make the wrong choice, life isn’t a video game no matter how many people like to pretend it is, we are not invincible.

March 13, 2011 at 3:30 am
(70) Bob says:

In response to John:
“John: Its time people realized that 90% of online videos are fakes. Why would you believe so quickly, something posted by some pimply-faced nerd in Illinois? As with everything else, common sense will help you a lot in life!

How rude!! How dare you stereotype intelligent people as “pimply-faced nerd.” I bet you are just some high school dropout who has to belittle others to make him or herself feel good.

GO DIE. Lol jks, Live Long and Prosper

December 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm
(71) Smith says:

I’m sorry but the government is trying to watch and listen to people, This might not be the way, but it is a possibility. So for them to throw a cam and a mic into a converter box and give it away for free. Wouldn’t surprise me what so ever if it was true. But I love people say “how you need a wireless transmitter” to send data out. Um… welcome to the future, most converter boxes and set top boxes run on Ethernet now a days. An this crazy Ethernet cable runs through a network, that is connected to the internet. An Bang, there you go. Its as easy watching someone on a webcam from a different piece of hardware. Not to mention knowing what sick people run this government, I’m gonna have to say that if they have not done it yet. It will be on the way soon.

July 17, 2012 at 6:27 pm
(72) Mac The Rip says:

Gee Wally… do you think the principle saw us???

Most cams would be put where the LED light is. It is logical to put it where it would most likely not be blocked. Your pc screen, so you know its on, your tv/vcr/dvd/dtc because it needs to be unblocked so you can control it with your remote. So after you turn on all your devices, put duck tape over all these lights. Oh, but then theres the electrical outlets and the air duct vents, oh hell, just buy a tent, there ya go….. dooey

February 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(73) Richard says:

Hmmm…looks like this page is very outdated now…

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/13/intel_tv/

It’s no longer a hoax…doesn’t make conspiracy theorists any more sane, just means one got a really good job and made this happen. ;o)

March 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm
(74) Brandon says:

I don’t see why people care so much, if you aren’t a bad person then you have nothing to worry about…

June 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm
(75) iDi0t says:

@ Brandon: ‘f you aren’t a bad peron then you have nothing to worry about…’

People saying that are either ignorant or can’t be trusted.

Now where’s your camera Brandon, or are you a bad person? (oopsie)

June 30, 2013 at 4:53 am
(76) Rogue says:

If it was possible there would be wires or connectors to a smaller area in which would be noticed (by the way this is common sense) plus the government does not have time for that because the up price on a camera that small is unlikely possible like in sky kids there is no possible way they can make something that small send that massive amount of data from something that small because megabits would be problem gigabits too even megapixels would not beable to because it would need something bigger to process the motion speed, and pixels

June 30, 2013 at 5:06 am
(77) Rogue says:

I ment spy kids Damn auto correct and no people I’m not an idiot I’m very smart when it comes to things about computers megapixels or even gigabits and tarabits and some on I’m the guy to confirm I am saying this know media puts up lies and so does your government don’t be a fool of what to beleave find knowledge about circuit’s and how things would have to would up to knowledgable level as in a degree of a genius would put it

September 8, 2013 at 8:19 pm
(78) MadameGar says:

OK! People,show your stupidity!!!! Being illegal….our government doesn’t know the meaning!!!!!!
“And, needless to say, if such surveillance were actually to take place it would constitute a massive invasion of privacy and be illegal as all get-out. As imagined in the video, the scenario is too blatant, too clumsy, too preposterous to be true. It’s a tongue-in-cheek enactment of someone’s paranoid fantasy worthy of a wink and a nod, perhaps, but not our hard-earned credence. ” Don’t be sooo gullible to this article!!!! Wake Up!!!! Cause our government is as crooked as they come!!!! Remember,they are the ones in control of our technology,or else we would have all these electronic toys!!!!!

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