*One has to think that a genuine “Internet of Things disaster” would have this basic look-and-feel. One accidental bang to some modest-looking piece of critical infrastructure and a chernobyl of unsuspected relationships ensues.
6:48 am • 1 September 2014 • 87 notes
IoT vulnerabilities abounding in the home
How I Hacked My Home, IoT Style
8/27/2014 05:05 PM EDT
Very often, new terms get overhyped in the IT security industry. Today, as we all look to find out more about the Internet of Things, the typical residence can easily have five devices connected to a home network that aren’t computers, tablets, or cellphones. As users in this connected environment, we need to ask ourselves “What’s the current threat level?” and “How vulnerable am I?”
Most people know what a computer virus is, that we should have strong passwords, and that it’s important to install the latest security patches. But many of us (even those with an IT-security mindset) still focus primarily on protecting our traditional endpoints and forget that there are other devices connected to our networks.
For this reason, I decided to conduct research that would identify how easy it would be to hack my own home. Are the devices connected to my network vulnerable? What could an attacker actually do if these devices were compromised? Is my home hackable? I determined to look for real, practical, and relevant attack vectors to see whether it was.
During my research, I focused on all the “other” devices I have connected to my home network: a smart TV, satellite receiver, DVD/Blu-ray player, network storage devices, and gaming consoles. Before I started, I was pretty sure that my home was pretty secure. I mean, I’ve been working in the security industry for over 15 years, and I’m quite paranoid when it comes to such things as security patches.
As I started my research, it didn’t take long to figure out just how easy it was to find vulnerabilities in all of the systems. I managed to find 14 vulnerabilities in the network attached storage, one vulnerability in the Smart TV, and several potentially hidden remote control functions in the router.
The most severe vulnerabilities were found in the network-attached storage, several that would allow an attacker to remotely execute system commands with the highest administrative privileges. The tested devices also had weak default passwords; lots of configuration files had the wrong permissions; and they also contained passwords in plain text.
When I investigated the security level of the smart TV I discovered that no encryption was used in communication between the TV and the TV vendor’s servers. I was able to replace an icon of the Smart TV graphic interface with a picture, showing the potential for a man-in-the-middle style of attack.
The DSL router used to provide wireless Internet access for all other home devices contained several hidden dangerous features that could potentially provide the Internet service provider remote access to any device in my private network. The results were shocking, to say the least…. (((etc etc)))
6:43 am • 1 September 2014
*I don’t believe this.
*I might be wrong.
12:28 pm • 31 August 2014
Old People in Big Foreign Cities Devoid of Possessions
*It’s a trend among many.
SOME call themselves “senior gypsies.” Others prefer “international nomad.” David Law, 74, a retired executive recruiter who has primarily slept in tents in several countries in the last two years, likes the ring of “American Bedouin.”
They are American retirees who have downsized to the extreme, choosing a life of travel over a life of tending to possessions. And their numbers are rising.
Mr. Law and his wife, Bonnie Carleton, 69, who are selling their house in Santa Fe, N.M., spoke recently by phone from a campground in Stoupa, Greece, a village on the southern coast of the Peloponnese. He explained that they roam the world to “get the broadest and most radical experience that we can get.”
They recently decided to fold their tent. “Hey, we’re getting to be too old for this,” said Mr. Law about camping out. But they intend to continue what he termed their “endless holiday” in a more comfortable and spacious recreational vehicle.
Between 1993 and 2012, the percentage of all retirees traveling abroad rose to 13 percent from 9.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department.
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Travel Tips for Vagabonds-in-Training
- Make sure travel insurance covers medical evacuation to the United States. A rider or separate policy may be required.
- Bring noise-canceling headphones for immediate access to peace.
- Consider downloading the Point It app, a catalog of photos of items travelers need with translations in several languages.
- Buy a few pairs of fast-drying microfiber underwear, which take up less space in luggage than conventional knickers.
About 360,000 Americans received Social Security benefits at foreign addresses in 2013, about 48 percent more than 10 years earlier. An informal survey of insurance brokers found greater demand by older clients for travel medical policies. (Medicare, with a few exceptions, does not cover expenses outside the United States). While many retirees ultimately return home or become expatriates, some live like vagabonds.
Lynne Martin, 73, a retired publicist and the author of “Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World,” is one. Three years ago, she and her husband, Tim, 68, sold their three-bedroom house in Paso Robles, Calif., gave away most of their possessions, found a home for their Jack Russell terrier, Sparky, and now live in short-term vacation rentals they usually find through HomeAway.com.
The Martins have not tapped their savings during their travels, alternating visits to expensive cities like London with more reasonable destinations like Lisbon. “We simply traded the money we were spending for overhead on a house and garden in California for a life in much smaller but comfortable HomeAway rentals in more interesting places,” Ms. Martin said by email from Paris….
1:34 pm • 30 August 2014 • 1 note
*Shelving spam. It’s interesting that I get unsolicited Chinese furniture in my email these days. And it’s industrial. Also the images of the products seem to be `100% computer generated, which makes me wonder if they actually exist or if this is some phishing scheme.
Suzhou Sunshine(China) Ltd. here, provider different types of shelving, racking, integrated rack, office shelving etc, they are
- Supermarket shelving (gondola shelving)
- CVS (convenience store shelving)
- Office shelving (rut shelving, file shelving)
- Plastic shelving (cooler room shelving)
- Rivet boltless shelving
- Slotted angle post shelving
- Wire shelving (butt wire shelving)
- Integrated racking (hypermarket shelving)
- Pallet racking
- Mezzanine racking & Mezzanine platform
- Long span shelving
- Special racking
- Push back racking
- Gravity roller system
If intrested in any items, please contact us for details.
Suzhou (China) Sunshine Co., Ltd.
12:58 pm • 30 August 2014
The SAP “Networked Economy,” or, the “Internet of Things” with a much bigger role in it for the German software company SAP.
*I don’t believe any of these charts. I like the neologism “zero-touch,” though.
4:51 pm • 28 August 2014 • 1 note