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Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 103

Few here are probably old enough to actually know how those stickers helped.

Of course the stickers themselves did little. But the requirements to be allowed to glue those stickers to your gear are as described on the sticker. And before the stickers, electric gadgets interfering with each other was a big deal. Even well after WW2 high frequency interference from electric tools was still a big issue. Today, with electric appliances working on FAR lower voltages and using FAR less electricity, along with better parts that create less noise, this problem doesn't really apply anymore, and the FCC sticker is pretty much obsolete, because pretty much any and every power tool will be able to pass.

It wasn't always that way. And people did actually bother to check whether something had that sticker after getting burned (not necessarily only figuratively so) by electronic devices of a lower quality standard that didn't earn that FCC badge.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 103

Understand that this was a very different time than today. When back then someone hacked you, it was for shits 'n giggles. You did it to show off, or you needed a few MB of space online so you created a backdoor to a server where you and a friend could move some data to and from. The damage was negligible. What we did was mostly repurposing resources for our own little benefit.

What you're dealing with today is criminal organizations aiming for money. To draw a parallel, what we did was going out in our little fishing boat and catching a fish because we were hungry. What's going on today is fleets of trawlers stripmining the seas because they want to sell the fish worldwide.

Comment Re:Good - burn it down (Score 1) 103

The idea behind the IoT isn't bad. The execution is horrible.

The idea that you can use the internet as a medium to access parts of your home isn't that bad an idea. That the whole shit is done by corporations that only care about their bottom line and offer your gimmicky toys that are security nightmares is the horrible execution thereof.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 4, Insightful) 103

While I generally agree, I cannot second the idea that it should be legal to break into computers that are insufficiently secured. That would make the internet an even worse place than it already is.

What we need is something like the famous FCC part 15 sticker rules. You know the ones, you can find it on pretty much any electronic device:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

We need something like this for IoT devices.

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