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Old 2016-07-15, 21:48   #34
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To say nothing of the inevitability - such incidents have already been reported - of having your 'smart' house/car/gps/phone/pacemaker/implanted-insulin-pump hacked, either to endanger you and/or subject you to a ransom demand. "If you would like control of your home back, please send $20000 in bitcoin to..."

Popular cyberpunk-genre TV series like Person of Interest and Mr. Robot have used such hacks as recurrent plot elements, and not in the "many years from now" traditional SciFi sense.
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Old 2016-09-27, 22:25   #35
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The Democratization of Censorship | Krebs on Security
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As many of you know, my site was taken offline for the better part of this week. The outage came in the wake of a historically large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which hurled so much junk traffic at Krebsonsecurity.com that my DDoS protection provider Akamai chose to unmoor my site from its protective harbor.
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What exactly was it that generated the record-smashing DDoS of 620 Gbps against my site this week? Was it a space-based weapon of mass disruption built and tested by a rogue nation-state, or an arch villain like SPECTRE from the James Bond series of novels and films? If only the enemy here was that black-and-white.

No, as I reported in the last blog post before my site was unplugged, the enemy in this case was far less sexy. There is every indication that this attack was launched with the help of a botnet that has enslaved a large number of hacked so-called “Internet of Things,” (IoT) devices — mainly routers, IP cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs) that are exposed to the Internet and protected with weak or hard-coded passwords. Most of these devices are available for sale on retail store shelves for less than $100, or — in the case of routers — are shipped by ISPs to their customers.
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I don’t know what it will take to wake the larger Internet community out of its slumber to address this growing threat to free speech and ecommerce. My guess is it will take an attack that endangers human lives, shuts down critical national infrastructure systems, or disrupts national elections.

But what we’re allowing by our inaction is for individual actors to build the instrumentality of tyranny. And to be clear, these weapons can be wielded by anyone — with any motivation — who’s willing to expend a modicum of time and effort to learn the most basic principles of its operation.
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Old 2016-09-28, 05:58   #36
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Here's a top-of-the-brain not-idea: lets make people directly legally responsible for all actions performed by software on hardware that they "own". That would, remarkably quickly IMO, shift everyone everywhere to demanding open source software for literally everything
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Old 2016-10-12, 08:40   #37
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On a lighter note:

Data specialist spends 11 hours trying to make cup of tea with WiFi kettle

https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...h-wi-fi-kettle
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Old 2016-11-09, 13:09   #38
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Default IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction

From the "what could possibly go wrong" files:

http://iotworm.eyalro.net/
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The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical proximity. The attack can start by plugging in a single infected bulb anywhere in the city, and then catastrophically spread everywhere within minutes, enabling the attacker to turn all the city lights on or off, permanently brick them, or exploit them in a massive DDOS attack.
I like my "dumb" lights. I think that dumb lights are the smart choice.
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Old 2016-12-04, 02:48   #39
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Could also go in the WTF thread.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2016...setting-mirai/
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For almost three months, Internet-of-things botnets built by software called Mirai have been a driving force behind a new breed of attacks so powerful they threaten the Internet as we know it. Now, a new botnet is emerging that could soon magnify or even rival that threat.

The as-yet unnamed botnet was first detected on November 23, the day before the US Thanksgiving holiday. For exactly 8.5 hours, it delivered a non-stop stream of junk traffic to undisclosed targets, according to this post published Friday by content delivery network CloudFlare. Every day for the next six days at roughly the same time, the same network pumped out an almost identical barrage, which is aimed at a small number of targets mostly on the US West Coast. More recently, the attacks have run for 24 hours at a time.
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Welcome to the future. Mirai in Japanese means future.
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Welcome to the future. Mirai in Japanese means future.
Gee. What pointed irony.
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These Toys Don't Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor – Consumerist

The better to drone you with, my pretty!
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OMFG! That is obscene.
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Old 2016-12-09, 15:47   #44
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OMFG! That is obscene.
Indeed!
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