As you type an email or use a cellphone, hackers just might be tracking your every move.
Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who exposed intelligence abuses—told NBC News last week that intelligence agencies can gather data from cellphones and monitor emails being typed. "The problem is the capabilities themselves are unregulated, uncontrolled and dangerous," he said.
But experts told CNBC that while intelligence agencies like the NSA may have these capabilities, such sophisticated strategies are used only in rare circumstances. Although the threat of so-called Big Brother watching does exist, consumers' biggest cyberthreat remains cybercriminals, who are after financial data and money.
In a statement, a NSA spokeswoman did not comment on specific foreign intelligence activities, but said, "all of NSA's efforts are strictly conducted under the rule of law and provide appropriate protection for privacy rights. The Agency collects data to meet specific security and intelligence requirements such as counterintelligence, counterterrorism, counterproliferation, cybersecurity, force protection for U.S. troops and allies, and combating transnational crime."