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The "Internet of Things" and Security: How to Do it Right The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast. We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT security, the dangers are already very real. Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates. Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil are running blind. If the energy security and environmental concerns of that example doesn’t bother you, consider this: Any finalist in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize Competition — all consumer-grade devices — will be able to diagnose a long list of conditions, at a minimum. Read the full s... (more)

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1 Update | @ThingsExpo (#IoT)

Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1 Update, Pulls it Following New Issues Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from availability, a fix is likely incoming. For now, it appears to only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users. An Apple spokesperson provided us with the following statement: “We have received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update. We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update.” If you’re a victim of the buggy update, restoring your iPhone via iTunes appears to revert ... (more)

Vodafone Says Six World Governments Tap Their Phone Calls

The world’s second-biggest mobile phone company Vodafone revealed government agencies in six unidentified countries use its network to listen to and record customers’ calls, showing the scale of telecom eavesdropping around the world. The United States and Britain both came in for global scrutiny and criticism after Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), disclosed their vast phone, email and internet surveillance operations. But Vodafone (VOD.L), which has 400 million customers in countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, said in its ... (more)

The Internet Of Things’ Biggest Potential Problem

For many of us old enough to remember, the early days of life online had little to do with the internet. Before we browsed the open web, we dialed into Prodigy or CompuServe or AOL with a 1400-baud telephone modem. Once connected to a particular service, we used its proprietary software to play inside its members-only club, and we couldn’t visit any other service. We lacked a certain amount of freedom. One of my earliest cyber-memories: getting my mom’s AOL account suspended by the moderator of a chat room I was trolling. By today’s standards, such a tightly controlled experience... (more)

The Internet of Things Is About Far More Than Just ‘Things’

Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of Big Data, then 2014 certainly is the year of Internet of Things. New projects, big funding rounds, the general hype and excitement are everywhere. And yet, we don’t really get the whole thing right. The general media seem more concerned with new smart thermostats design than how the concept of IoT is changing our lives. It’s time to approach this massive subject properly and start avoiding common misconceptions... (more)