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The Coolest Hacks Of 2014
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Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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12/22/2014 | 5:21:22 PM
a more serious cool tone
The big theme with some of these hacks was public safety--a big risk with IoT vulnerabilities. 
Ed Telders
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Ed Telders,
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12/23/2014 | 11:45:23 AM
Re: a more serious cool tone
You are absolutely correct !  Information Security has long had the challenge that it appeared to be a conceptual issue or an intellectual exercise for something that only happens to the "other guy".  On top of that the popular image of the hackers almost rewards the bad guys by making it appear that they are "Robin Hood" or very bright young people.  The IOT will make this a very personal issue when public safety gets compromised.  I've seen statements in the discussions about IOT that the manufacturers of these devices often see security issues as "someone else's problem to resolve".  I can forsee when the victims of public safety breaches start product liability suits for compensation for their injuries (or worse) for these same manufacturers.  If you can get millions for a spilled cup of coffee in your lap, imagine the settlements for traffic lights being hacked and serious vehicular accidents happen as a result.  Hold on to your hats !!
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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12/24/2014 | 7:53:23 AM
Re: a more serious cool tone
The good news is that some consumer product companies are "getting it" and trying to get on top of the situation. I wrote a feature piece recently on how a few of them are hiring security researchers to help them find bugs in medical devices/equipment, cars, etc., before the bad guys do. Unfortunately, there are a lot more companies who are not getting it yet, which is very scary.

Here's a link to the piece I referenced: http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/hiring-hackers-to-secure-the-internet-of-things/d/d-id/1318107
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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12/24/2014 | 9:58:48 AM
Re: a more serious cool tone
Yes, that is good. Especially in medical devices, they all need to be HIPAA compliant actually, road ahead is not going to be easy.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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12/24/2014 | 9:56:32 AM
Re: a more serious cool tone
IoT may be a big problem very soon if we continue to miss to start thinking security around them. Most sensors developed now has no consideration for security at all.
Dr.T
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12/24/2014 | 9:53:12 AM
Re: a more serious cool tone
Sure. If they are able to create this much damage, we should wait and see when all the home appliances could be compromised. There will be more interesting news, you can easily dedicate a news channel for it.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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12/24/2014 | 9:51:19 AM
Sony attack wins
 

I can say Sony attack is more spectacular than others we have ever seen up to this point. The amount of data they were able to compromise is unimaginable .
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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12/24/2014 | 9:53:34 AM
Re: Sony attack wins
Spectacular is a good adjective here, especially since it was so public. But other corporations get lots of data stolen, too, and it doesn't get doxed, so we don't see the breadth. 
VanshD250
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12/29/2014 | 7:24:12 AM
Smart home devices
I truly agree with you Kelly. Smart home devices are really vulnerable to attacks if an attacker has a physical access to the devices. Not only this, I have even heard once that an attacker has made some changes in a device and made it to blast at the time when any of the buttons is somehow pressed. This site is really amazing and beneficial. One should read it thoroughly and can learn a lot.

Thanks

 


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