Thursday, November 3, 2016

Watch a drone hack a room full of smart lightbulbs from outside the window - The Verge

The Internet of Things is billed as the way to have a better and connected life, sort of Like George Jetsen's home of the future. The problem is that it not only can be a plus, but a huge minus as well. Once control of a home, office, or city is linked together, it is possible for outsiders to control these as well. Remember when the electric company under one of President Obama's projects, wanted to install smart outlets in peoples homes to control how much electricity you used in your home. It was billed as a benefit to you. Now we are putting not only smart outlets in our homes but also smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, smart refrigerators, and even smart scales in our bath rooms. If hackers wanted to control many of these things, they can and have, now think of a Government Program, even Agency that thinks it should have more say on how you use electricity in your home or office, or a health care program that hacks your scale in your bathroom to see how you are doing on the diet. It is at this time a remote possibility, but still a possibility. Right now the hackers seem to just want to control all these things in your home to email, not your phone to tell you that it dimmed the lights but to a bank or other institution to that no valid emails can make it into the system. There are many IoT devices out there and more coming on board each day. They are mini, maybe even micro computers that have very little security and openings for both bad guys and good guys. So if you are looking for a real stable career, take a look at becoming an IoT security expert.
from CTI Consulting

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