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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone 111

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:News flash (Score 1) 114

by gweihir (#48472789) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous After All

Science can often mean to prove things that seem relatively obvious. In not so few cases, they then turn out to be wrong, and in the other cases they turn from speculation to fact.

Without science, we would still believe the earth was flat, and that bloodletting was a good medical procedure to cure everything. After all, these things were obvious back then.

Comment: What, car thieve are now "terrorists"? (Score 1) 113

by gweihir (#48469151) Attached to: Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

What is next? Shoplifters as terrorists? Or people that ride public transportation without a ticket?

Seriously, this is far beyond mere ridiculous. Possibly, this utter idiocy results from a deep desire to classify all hackers as "terrorists". After all, they can do things! That seems to scare the government badly.

Comment: She does have experience destroying companies... (Score 4, Informative) 417

by gweihir (#48466941) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

... that were once great. I bet she can do the same with a whole nation-state. From statements by some former HP executives, her specialty is "shoot-the-messenger", which means that she has one of the worst possible management mistakes down pat and uses it as standard operating procedure. It really does not get much worse than this.

There is no royal road to geometry. -- Euclid