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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone 137

Posted by Soulskill
from the time-for-a-ban-on-assault-internets dept.
dcblogs writes: Imagine a fleet of quad copters or drones equipped with explosives and controlled by terrorists. Or someone who hacks into a connected insulin pump and changes the settings in a lethal way. Or maybe the hacker who accesses a building's furnace and thermostat controls and runs the furnace full bore until a fire is started. Those may all sound like plot material for a James Bond movie, but there are security experts who now believe, as does Jeff Williams, CTO of Contrast Security, that "the Internet of Things will kill someone". Today, there is a new "rush to connect things" and "it is leading to very sloppy engineering from a security perspective," said Williams. Similarly, Rashmi Knowles, chief security architect at RSA, imagines criminals hacking into medical devices, recently blogged about hackers using pacemakers to blackmail users, and asked: "Question is, when is the first murder?"

Comment: Re:Reading and comprehension (Score 2) 187

by Zontar The Mindless (#48478199) Attached to: Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

No, "or" would make it quite clear that the the power generated by clean tech is greater than any *one* of the alternatives. This is what we have the word "or" for.

I've tried offering my services to Slashdot on more than one occasion, but they don't seem terribly interested in having an editor who can actually, you know, edit.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 111

by Zontar The Mindless (#48478157) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

Howdy! Last night we just did some chicken legs under the broiler--not a holiday here in any case. But I will probably cook a turkey either this weekend or next, if I can find anyone to come help us eat it. And if I don't have to go too far afield to find one--last year the shops in our neighbourhood were full of them at this time but this year I've not seen a one so far.

Did you ever finish your Wizard of Oz sequel?

Drop me a line at the gmail sometime and let's catch up.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 111

by Zontar The Mindless (#48477975) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

I know you think you're being clever, but I wasn't bragging about the size of my vocabulary*, rather I was expressing my amazement that my spell-checker didn't "know" such a common word.

*Although, since you bring it up, I've done several tests which suggest that my English vocabulary is about 20% larger than average. Make of this what you will.

Comment: Re:What's with turkey anyway (Score 1) 111

by Zontar The Mindless (#48472371) Attached to: I prefer my turkey ...

Your fear, perhaps, not mine. You do not want to show fear around those guys. This is how I was able to get within 10 metres of a nest to get some photos of the hatchlings this past spring, while a guy passing by in a kayak much further away got attacked and dumped in the water (Daddy Swan buzzed him, and he panicked).

(Heh, I just had to add "hatchling" to my dictionary. Pretty funny when you know more than your spell-checker does.)

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 1) 114

by Zontar The Mindless (#48472317) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

You won't find many open APs in China, since the official policy there is that all Internet users must be identifiable. Certainly not in cafés or what have you. Generally you have to register for username/password and receive it by email.

What I usually end up doing in such places is flirting with the girl behind the counter until she offers to let me use hers. Unless my wife is with me, of course. ;)

The key elements in human thinking are not numbers but labels of fuzzy sets. -- L. Zadeh