Friday, July 27, 2018

I Am So Close To Going Full-On Luddite

Daisy, Daisy... 
First up, from Threat Post:

Bugs in Samsung IoT Hub Leave Smart Home Open To Attack
Researchers found 20 flaws in Samsung’s SmartThings Hub controller – opening up supported third-party smart home devices to attack.
Researchers found 20 vulnerabilities in Samsung’s SmartThings Hub, allowing attackers to control smart locks, remotely monitor the home via connected cameras and perform other alarming functions.

Cisco Talos researchers, who published a technical breakdown of the vulnerabilities on Thursday, said each of the flaws are located in Samsung’s centralized controller, a component that connects to an array of IoT devices around the house – from light bulbs, thermostats, and cameras. SmarThings Hub is one of several DIY home networking devices designed to allow homeowners to remotely manage and monitor digital devices....MORE
And at Business Insider:
Uber and Lyft are creating more traffic and congestion instead of reducing it, according to a new report
Oh, and back to Threat Post, July 19:
IoT Robot Vacuum Vulnerabilities Let Hackers Spy on Victims
All of which was, of course, foreseen by the prophetess.
(I'd go with "sybil" but that might be misinterpreted as either a young lady with multiple personalities or the woman who picked up the pieces on Fawlty Towers)

The Daisy ref. is an homage to an homage to an homage.

In 2014's "Internet of Things: In Which Izabella Approaches Escape Velocity Edition" we linked to FT Alphaville's Ms. Kaminska's speculative (and grin-inducing) piece:

Cybersecurity dispatches: Managing the IoT poltergeist threat
Imagine the scene in the not too distant future.

An Uber self-driving electric car has just dropped you home. Your front door has recognised your face, and your fingerprint has authenticated that it’s definitely you. You get into your house, not a key in sight, kick off your shoes, and happily discover that the 3D printing feature in your fridge has already printed the food you plan to consume for dinner. All the appliances you need are on. And everything you don’t need is off, nice and efficiently saving power.

You decide to treat yourself to a quick 30-minute Netflix holographic update, only to get a nudge from your wearable tech that you’ve still got a 10 minute exercise deficit to meet your daily exercise quota. It’s a problem because you happen to have signed up to the extreme health management option which shuts down ApplePay access — without which Netflix won’t work — if you fail to meet your objectives. You quickly get busy on your smart-grid connected treadmill (which conveniently sells off the energy produced by your system back into the grid).

When all of a sudden… your utility door flings open and your iRobot Roomba begins singing Daisy, Daisy....MORE
I'm guessing she was riffing off 2001: A Space Odyssey:

But HAL's song was itself an homage:

Why HAL 9000 sang 'Daisy' in 2001
... It turns out that in 1961, the IBM 7094, among the earliest and largest mainframe machines developed by the computing giant, became the first computer to sing, and the tune it warbled was—you guessed it—"Daisy Bell." The vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum, while the musical accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. It seems certain that Kubrick used this as the inspiration for HAL's signoff in his movie.

A recording of the IBM 7094's rendition is below....blastr
And there you go.
And people still don't see a compelling need for connected homes.

Here are a few dozen of our IoT posts.

The list of Uber posts is five times as large.