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AT&T Pushing Home Security Service Into 8 Markets
AT&T Digital Life Launching in 50 Markets in 2013
by Karl Bode 09:57AM Tuesday Jan 08 2013
AT&T told CES attendees this week that the company will soon be offering their AT&T Digital Life home security and automation service in eight unspecified markets starting in March. According to the AT&T press release, the all-digital, all wireless service allows users to manage home lighting and home security from any mobile device, be it a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

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ISPs have lusted after a larger piece of the home automation and security pie for a decade, with little traction made. These efforts have sped up in recent months however, with Comcast and others now also offering home automation and security services. Most of these carriers refuse to divulge sales numbers for these services, which speaks volumes.

AT&T has offered some kind of security and automation since at least 2006, though this appears to be a significant upgrade to previous incarnations. It remains unclear if most consumers are interested in giving their broadband company additional money for home security, though AT&T will be targeted higher-end customers with this service. Prices however have not yet been specified.

AT&T says they hope to offer the home automation and security services across fifty markets by the end of 2013.

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TKJunkMail
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Hmm...

I wonder if they'll turn off the security system when the cops ask to search your house without a warrant.
jc100

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Re: Hmm...

Better yet,

I wonder if you have any video surveillance systems setup, do they capture the feed and store it along with your internet traffic? Shivers.

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Re: Hmm...

said by jc100:

Better yet,

I wonder if you have any video surveillance systems setup, do they capture the feed and store it along with your internet traffic? Shivers.

I think yous guys nailed it. Att isn't trust worthy enough, no one that works there is.
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said by jc100:

Better yet,

I wonder if you have any video surveillance systems setup, do they capture the feed and store it along with your internet traffic? Shivers.

Absolutely. With data overage charges to boot!!!!!

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AT&T are spies!

I wouldn't trust AT&T with any personal security, period.

They have been spying on Americans for years. There was a big story a while back a while ago where AT&T was filtering every piece of data that came into the US thru a facility somewhere in CA. then it was fed in to NSA computers. an engineer who worked for AT&T at the time revealed this.. I'm sure if you google, you'll locate that exact article.

NO WAY!

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Room 641A at AT&T is the SPY ROOM

Yup, I easily traced this article down. Room 641A is located in the SBC Communications building at 611 Folsom Street, San Francisco....

It is fed by fiber optic lines from beam splitters installed in fiber optic trunks carrying Internet backbone traffic and has the capability to enable surveillance and analysis of internet content on a massive scale, including both overseas and purely domestic traffic.

The room measures about 24 by 48 feet and contains several racks of equipment, including a Narus STA 6400, a device designed to intercept and analyze Internet communications at very high speeds.

The very existence of the room was revealed by a former AT&T technician, Mark Klein.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T on January 31, accusing the telecommunication company of violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in a massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications.

There was a very interesting article on PBS back a while ago, but I can't find it on the site.....

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As many as 10 A&T Spy centers thru US

Looks like another room in Missouri. As many as 10 in the US

The disclosure of the room in Bridgeton follows assertions made earlier this year by a former AT&T worker in California, Mark Klein, who revealed that the company had installed a secret room in a San Francisco facility and reconfigured its circuits, allegedly to help collect data for use by the government. In detailed documents he provided to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Klein also alleged there were other secret rooms at AT&T facilities in other U.S. cities.

BIG BROTHER (AT&T) is still watching you!

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AT&T spy room

 
These were pictures taken by Mark Klien of the "secret AT&T spying room" that was used by the NSA.

And you would let AT&T trust your home's security?
if they spy for the NSA, lets assume they'd spy on your family if you had surveillance cameras, and probably filter all your internet data as well.

1984 all over again! LOL

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Spy Room 641A AT&T

This is room AT&T Room 641A when Klein first noticed it. It was previously vacant, then wires were suddenly being routed this room, split from other servers. Klein then noticed blueprints referencing the Narus_STA_6400 installed off a splitter. then, the next week, a NSA agent shows up wanting access to the room.......Sneaky, eh?

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Re: Spy Room 641A AT&T

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Meanwhile another mole snapped a pick of AT&T and NSA workers doing their thing.
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At least the room is wheelchair accessible. Our government doesn't have to follow the 4th amendment of the constitution, but the ADA compliance is iron clad.
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speaks volumes

"Most of these carriers refuse to divulge sales numbers for these services, which speaks volumes."

I don't understand what that statement means in the context of this article. The rest of the paragraph might imply they're selling well but I don't understand why not divulging numbers means anything in particular.

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Re: speaks volumes

implying they are not selling any of these system which is why they wouldnt say the numbers.

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They'll cap it at 5 hours of monitoring a day

Gotta preserve that monitoring capacity ya know...

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I don't like this at all

I don't like this at all because then at&t and the nsa will get to what you do every day even the questionable things

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Re: I don't like this at all

AT&T got into a HUGE lawsuit over this.. Not sure these "spy rooms" on AT&T property even still operate.....

The CREEPY thing is, they did it underhanded and got caught.
I wouldn't want them monitoring my home that had surveillance cameras actually for security, or remote audio monitoring, or even having them access to arm/disarm my home. Snoop once, Snoop again. AT&T shouldn't be trusted for anything after that, especially something "SECURE".......

AT&T gave warrantless access to the NSA their vast trove of domestic and international billing records, detailed information about who called whom in the US and around the world. As of 2009, AT&T had more than 2.8 trillion records housed in a database at its Florham Park, New Jersey, complex..... AH, another SPY room?????

The NSA center got their own snoop facility now out in the desert in Bluffdale, UTAH, so they're probably not having to rely on "secret AT&T snoop rooms" anymore....

The biggest-ever data complex, to be completed in Utah, may take American citizens into a completely new reality where their emails, phone calls, online shopping lists and virtually entire lives will be stored and reviewed.

The National Security Agency's immensely secret project in the Utah desert will intercept, analyze, and store yottabytes of the world's communications.

What the heck is a yottabyte??????? so much for AT&T keeping 2.8 trillion records, eh?????

said by chip89:

I don't like this at all because then at&t and the nsa will get to what you do every day even the questionable things


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NSA Bluffdale, UT Spy Facility

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I think this facility actually replaced the AT&T Secret Spy Rooms....

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I'll stay with a local security company

My alarm system costs $25 per month and it uses a phone line to dial in. Since I have a home phone as part of my Comcast bundle, I'll stick with my local security provider.

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Installed this weekend...

Available to Atlanta AT&T employees this month, I signed up & the install was done this weekend. Security-wise, I like the fact that it uses both my broadband connection and a wireless backup in case your wired connection is cut/bypassed by would-be thieves. So far, it works as advertised.
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