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Opinion | From Westworld to Best World for the Internet of Things - The New York Times
Jonathan Zittrain wrote an excellent piece on *IoT, risks of*. He breaks down overall risk assessment into two large categories: potential harm to individuals, and potential collective harm. The latter one is the more interesting:
> "Second, hacking even a tiny subset of the 10 billion and counting networked things can produce threats larger than any one consumer. Individually these devices may be too small to care about; together they become too big to fail. Security systems in a city could be made to sound an alarm simultaneously. Light bulbs can be organized into bot armies, directed to harm any other internet-connected target. And worse than a single Jeep executing an unexpected sharp left turn is a whole fleet of them doing so."
newsletter  thingsconNL  iot  security 
8 days ago by thewavingcat
UK homes vulnerable to 'staggering' level of corporate surveillance | Technology | The Guardian
This Guardian article starts to strongly, I'd like to just let this one speak for itself. Note the subject matter, but also the terminology used in describing that matter, all of which is really powerful:
> British homes are vulnerable to “a staggering level of corporate surveillance” through common internet-enabled devices, an investigation has found.
> Researchers found that a range of connected appliances – increasingly popular features of the so-called smart home – send data to their manufacturers and third-party companies, in some cases failing to keep the information secure. One Samsung smart TV connected to more than 700 distinct internet addresses in 15 minutes.
> The investigation, by Which? magazine, found televisions selling viewing data to advertisers, toothbrushes with access to smartphone microphones, and security cameras that could be hacked to let others watch and listen to people in their homes.
> The findings have alarmed privacy campaigners, who warn that consumers are unknowingly building a “terrifying” world of corporate surveillance.
newsletter  thingsconNL  privacy  surveillance  iot 
15 days ago by thewavingcat
Smart fridges and TVs should carry security rating, police chief says | Technology | The Guardian
Durham Police chief Barton on security ratings for IoT: “You’ve got a situation where we don’t know what the security is like in the devices we are buying in the internet of things. It’s just not reported. And yet that is the most significant component of what it is you are buying.”
newsletter  iot  security  trustmark  thingsconNL 
5 weeks ago by thewavingcat
Global Digital Shanzhai: Mapping the Reach of Shenzhen
This project by An Xiao Mina and Jan Chipchase aims to map and document the global impact of an object from the shanzhai ecosystem, with a focus on distribution patterns, pricing and reach, across a variety of localities.
thingsconNL  research  china  shenzhen 
6 weeks ago by thewavingcat
The House That Spied on Me
I had to download 14 different apps to my phone to control everything, which meant creating an account for each one of those apps. (Yes, my coffeemaker has a log-in and a very long terms of service agreement.) After setting them up, I thought I’d be able to control all the devices by issuing voice commands to Alexa via the Echo—the smart speaker that we’ve been using for the last year as a glorified timer and music player— but this did not go as well as I had hoped.
newsletter  thingsconnl  privacy  iot  smarthome 
9 weeks ago by thewavingcat
Amazon thinks it has a fix to Alexa’s terrifying laughing issue - Recode
"We put a 2-pizza team on it and they solutioneered the creepy laugh away."
newsletter  thingsconNL  ai  ml  voice 
march 2018 by thewavingcat
Thomas Amberg: Reference model for connected products
Thomas Amberg (@tamberg) of Yaler fame drafted a simple reference model for more clearly discussion IoT infrastructure and connected products. Two thumbs up!
thingsconNL  iot  reference 
march 2018 by thewavingcat
WHY is consumer IoT insecure? | Pen Test Partners
Pen Test Partners have a very accessible write-up about why so many IoT devices are full of gaping security holes. None of this will surprise you if you've been in this space for a while, but it's a great reminder of the human and organizational aspects that make security such a contentious issue in the Internet of Things.
newsletter  thingsconnl  security  iot  productdesign 
march 2018 by thewavingcat

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