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Vint Cerf: CS Programs Must Change To Adapt To Internet of Things 163

Posted by samzenpus
from the get-to-learning dept.
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "The Internet of Things has tremendous potential but also poses a tremendous risk if the underlying security of Internet of Things devices is not taken into account, according to Vint Cerf, Google's Internet Evangelist. Cerf, speaking in a public Google Hangout (video) on Wednesday, said that he's tremendously excited about the possibilities of an Internet of billions of connected objects. But Cerf warned that it necessitates big changes in the way that software is written. Securing the data stored on those devices and exchanged between them represents a challenge to the field of computer science – one that the nation's universities need to start addressing. Internet of Things products need to do a better job managing access control and use strong authentication to secure communications between devices."

Comment: Re:Oh come on ... (Score 1) 126

by Captain_Chaos (#46575281) Attached to: Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll

Are the USPTO that incompetent?

It's been explained to me that this is standard MO for the USPTO. They never check patents before a cursory glance, and only when it is challenged do they actually look into the merits of it. Apparently this is because they just don't have (anywhere near) the amount of manpower they would need to keep up with the vast number of incoming patent applications.

Anyone know how true this is?


Spoiled Onions: Exposing Malicious Tor Exit Relays 65

Posted by timothy
from the just-tell-me-I'll-pass-on-the-message dept.
An anonymous reader points out this recently published study (PDF) on detecting malicious (or at least suspicious) Tor exit relays. From their conclusions: "After developing a scanner, we closely monitored all ~1000 exit relays over a period of four months. Wed discovered 25 relays which were either outright malicious or simply misconfigured. Interestingly, the majority of the attacks were coordinated instead of being isolated actions of independent individuals. Our results further suggest that the attackers made an active effort to remain under the radar and delay detection." One of the authors, Philipp Winter, wrote a followup blog post to help clarify what the paper's findings mean for Tor users, including this clarification: "First, it's important to understand that 25 relays in four months isn't a lot. It is ultimately a very small fraction of the Tor network. Also, it doesn't mean that 25 out of 1,000 relays are malicious or misconfigured (we weren't very clear on that in the paper). We have yet to calculate the churn rate of exit relays which is the rate at which relays join and leave the network. 1,000 is really just the approximate number of exit relays at any given point in time. So the actual number of exit relays we ended up testing in four months is certainly higher than that. As a user, that means that you will not see many malicious relays 'in the wild."

Comment: For comparison (Score 1) 479

by Captain_Chaos (#46011777) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
I live in the Netherlands. I have a 60/6 MBps cable Internet connection, in combination with digital HD cable TV and telephone service, for € 54 ($73) per month. This is with "unlimited" bandwidth (they do have a "fair use" clause, but I've never heard of anyone hitting it). For the Netherlands this is pretty typical.

Comment: Nothing to do with net neutrality (Score 1) 479

by Captain_Chaos (#46011701) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?

With the landmark Net Neutrality ruling this week will larger providers try to move to similar price models?

Why would they? The one has nothing to do with the other. If anything, since providers can now be payed at the back end as well, they could in theory lower prices at the front end. In theory.

Mathematics deals exclusively with the relations of concepts to each other without consideration of their relation to experience. -- Albert Einstein