Is your tea kettle transmitting data to the Chinese government?

Chinese manufacturers have been found planting spying microchips in a wide range of electric appliances – including hot irons and tea kettles.

According to The Hacker News, practically every Chinese electric appliance is equipped to spy on its surrounding environment.

In China, these hidden chips are allegedly used by cyber criminals and state-sponsored hackers to infiltrate company networks and organizations.

It’s not only smart devices that contain these chips – but apparently inanimate, “dumb” gadgets like chargers, hot irons, and car dashboard cameras.

And it’s not only domestic, either. Just last week, Russia accused China of espionage – by means of rogue tea kettles.