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9/13/2016
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DoJ Announces Team To Oversee Security Of Internet of Things

Group will study and address security challenges from devices that are linked to the internet and may pose a threat to national safety.

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced the formation of a threat analysis team to oversee the security of the “internet of things” in order to protect national interest from cyberattacks and terrorist threats, reports Reuters. The group of around 5 to 10 persons is led by acting deputy assistant Attorney General Adam Hickey of the national security division and has been informally operative since six months ago.

Announcing this, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin of DoJ national security division said the objective was not “to be alarmist” but to recognize and address possible security risks from internet-driven technology like medical devices and automated cars.

That smart cars are likely to pose a security challenge was highlighted by a FBI and NHTSA alert in March underlining the vulnerability of motor vehicles to hacking.

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koconnor100
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koconnor100,
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9/19/2016 | 9:35:39 PM
DoJ, NSA , it's all USGov
Thanks to Edward Snowden it is now known world wide that the government of the USA , no matter which particular branch, would like to collect every byte of data everywhere on the planet.


As we sit hear reading this article, after reading yet another artical on the lastest of DDOS attacks and ransomware demands, one has to wonder why anyone would ever by anything even connected with IoT (internet of things).


My fear is that this kind of thing will be forced onto us. Everything will be IoT , with no way to turn it off.

In Canada , in Ontario , for example , it is the law that you have to have a fire alarm in the apartment. And those things are just a speaker , a circuit board with a few chips, and a line heading out to the central machine downstairs. We have no idea what those chips do. And looking it up in a book just tells us what they want us to think. And looking at the label reading "made in the USA" doesn't inspire us with confidence. As far as we know they put a listening device in every apartment in Canada.


Paranoid ? Maybe before Edward Snowden it was. But it is technically possible, and NSA is going on about how it wants to gather all data everywhere.


Even the regular internet is becoming increasingly unstable. IoT has a dark future indeed.
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9/20/2016 | 9:54:25 AM
Re: DoJ, NSA , it's all USGov
You're right, they would like to collect every byte of data.... and they probably could.... but they don't. There is a little paranoia in your post, exagerrated self importance, worrying that they are watching you, out of all the terrorists out there they actually are following. There is not enough manpower in the intelligence community to watch every person on the planet with the intensity and focus they apply to suspicious people. I don't remember hearing about any fire alarm bugs, microphones, or cameras regarding the snowden leaks. I have been through the spy museum in D.C., and they used some really sneaky technology back then too, with amazing stories of how they were used to prevent international massacres. I wonder how effective those ideas would have been if the enemy knew to look out for it, and knew exactly how to defend against it? Liberty is important, but we still need to be careful about inventing effective secrets, and then just giving them away. You're demanding privacy and secrecy for yourself but that the same time denying the government of it even though they might be trying to defend your life with the same technology you only want to use to hide your selfies.
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9/26/2016 | 9:51:26 AM
Re: DoJ, NSA , it's all USGov
My "exaggerated self importance" is that I am a human being and they (NSA)  want a profile of EVERY HUMAN BEING on the planet.

I don't claim to have any special importance over my next door neighbours, I merely claim to be a normal human being .

 

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koconnor100
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koconnor100,
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9/26/2016 | 9:55:37 AM
Re: DoJ, NSA , it's all USGov
"You're demanding privacy and secrecy for yourself but that the same time denying the government of it even though they might be trying to defend your life with the same technology you only want to use to hide your selfies."


After Ferguson Missouri, trust in the US Government is hard to come by.

It wasn't just one cop that shot a black man there, it was the entire towns political structure, elected mayor, council men, etc etc, protecting that cop because he was doing precisely what they ordered him to do.

And that will shake your faith in any organization.
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