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.
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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
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
If you’re a victim of the buggy update, restoring your iPhone via iTunes
appears to revert ... (more)
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
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)
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)