|April 29th, 2014||#1|
Living in a World Where Your Appliances Spy on You
Imagine this happened to you.
You are fast asleep in the middle of the night, when suddenly you hear the voice of a strange man talking to your baby daughter… from inside her room.
You jump up and rush in there to find that, other than your infant sleeping in her crib, no one is there.
Then you hear him again, screaming, “Wake up, baby! Wake up!”
You focus on the source of the sound — your WI-FI baby monitor camera, which suddenly turns its lens on you without your prompt, so whoever has hacked it can scream obscenities at you in your own home in the middle of the night.
That’s what happened to one Cincinnati, Ohio couple just last week according to WBTV FOX19:
“Someone had hacked in from outside,” Heather said.
So how many other times had someone hacked into their camera and watched their baby through their Foscam IP Camera.
“You do kind of feel violated in a way,” Adam said.
According to tech experts, wireless IP cameras like the one the Shrieks have are an easy way for hackers to open a cyber door directly into your home.
“Any kind of Internet-connected device essentially could be subjected to this,” said Dave Hatter, a solutions expert for Infinity Partners.
And experts say once they get inside the camera in your home, hackers may also be able to get inside your lives.
They go on to recommend changing your password and making sure your software is up-to-date, but that’s it? Is that really going to make these parents feel safer about having a WI-FI, smartphone camera trained on their daughter?
The takeaway is, if you can use it to spy on your child, it can be used to spy on you. The same goes with all this “smart” technology.
And if you think it’s just hackers randomly spying on people this way here and there, think again. It’s corporations. It’s the government. It’s the government in consort with corporations.
Last fall, LG Electronics was caught sending data about its customers viewing habits on several of its “smart TV” models to a company in South Korea — even after one customer changed his privacy setting to “off,” supposedly disabling the TVs ability for “collection of watching info” in the options menu (it is a creepy enough sign of the times that this “option” comes standard anyway).
The company later released an apology statement.
ABC News also released a list of the nine household appliances that might be spying on you: on your habits, on your usage, on the minutia of your daily life:
Your TV (obviously)
Your Cable Box
Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control
Your Heat and Air Conditioning
Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers
Your Tablet and Computer
(They obviously miscounted, but still.)
And Back to the Future promised us hover boards…
Last Spring Wired reported that former CIA Director David Patraeus could hardly wait to spy on people through their appliances when he was discussing how this is all a part of the coming “Internet of Things” — a future where everything is technologically connected to everything else:
“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said, “the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.”
Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices “change our notions of secrecy” and prompt a rethink of “our notions of identity and secrecy.” All of which is true — if convenient for a CIA director.
Why do you think the NSA built a $3 billion data hub in the Utah desert?
We are living in an era of Big Data. It was a big talking point at last year’s Bilderberg Conference, after all. Periodicals like MIT Technology Review pose the question “Has Big Data Made Anonymity Impossible?,” which is essentially telling you we live in a ubiquitously monitored information age, so you might as well get used to it Jack.
With the smart grid being raised all around us, life is only going to get more tracked, more traced, more analyzed…and a lot less…private.
How much do you value your privacy these days? Do younger generations even know what privacy truly is anymore?
Well, in the new smart grid we’re all being assimilated into, you really aren’t meant to have any.
Our Brave New World will start in the now forthcoming brave new cities. Go ahead and take a look at your “smart” future:
Contributed by Melissa Melton of The Daily Sheeple.
Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media. Wake the flock up!
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|April 30th, 2014||#3|
Join Date: Dec 2013
And they called Kaczynski nuts...
People lived just comfortably before the arrival of high-tech hell, and can survive without these childish gimmicks. The pervasiveness of wireless spying is such common knowledge that anyone still clinging to his, her or 'their' tether to the panopticon has no right to bitch.
You need a webcam?
You need a bear mauling.
|May 2nd, 2014||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Waiting for the solar micronova
Internet of Things - Nation-E, an Israeli energy security company
Nation-E "guards" against electric car ‘virus attacks’
The Israeli energy security start-up can help prevent ‘drive-by’ attacks on the electrical grid
Nation-E, an Israeli energy security company, has been granted an Israeli patent for a security system that protects the electrical grid from “rogue” electric cars that could try to damage the grid. The system, patented as a “Real-Time System and Method for Tracking, Locating and Recharging Electric Vehicles in Transit,” provides a secure plug-in port for electric cars, ensuring that they draw the proper amount of energy and do not try to upload anything to the electrical grid. The patent is similar to others issued for Nation-E’s technology in Germany and China. The patent is pending in the United States.
Nation-E, founded in 2010 by Daniel Jammer, has developed a platform based on protecting the electricity grid. Jammer, an Israeli-German businessman, was named earlier this year as one of Israel’s top cyber-"security" figures by the Globes business daily newspaper.
Key to Nation-E’s platform is their Energy Cerebrum, a device that enhances energy security by reporting on developments in an energy network. If an attack on the grid appears to be taking place, the system can “island off” segments of the grid, isolating them from the rest of the grid. This ensures that attacks, such as malware designed to steal electricity assets from utilities and deliver them to hackers, can not spread beyond the infected point. Considering that the grid is connected across countries and even continents by communications systems — the same ones used to communicate over the Internet — an attack that spreads over the electricity network in the same way that computer malware attacks spread is a real possibility, said Jammer.
Electric cars plugged into a charger connected to the grid could be programmed to carry such malware, but the Nation-E platform can "protect" against this threat. Using Bank of Energy, Nation-E’s propriety software platform comprised of big-data analytics and energy cyber-security applications and methodologies, the system serves as an energy buffer protecting the grid in case of infringement by taking various preemptive actions, including energy islanding.
In an interview, Jammer said that Nation-E’s grid security system was installed in facilities as diverse as hospitals, utilities, corporate headquarters and data centers. “At many power plants, security is no better than it is on a PC,” Jammer said. “They weren’t thinking of cyber-terrorism when they designed the electrical grid. Only now are we beginning to understand the dangers, and what needs to be done to protect the grid.
“With the growing share of plug-in hybrid cars and electric cars and the roll out of smart metering and smart grids, new challenges need to be addressed,” said Jammer. “From an energy cyber-security perspective, an electric car is part of the Internet of Things, and so is equivalent to an end device in an IT network. The same challenges facing an IT network face the energy grid.”
Earlier this year, the company announced the launch of a joint project with the Netanya Municipality to equip the city’s electric grid with smart meters and optimize power consumption. By 2020, close to one million power points in the city will be linked to Nation-E’s system, which will provide enhanced security and save the city approximately 25 percent in energy consumption, said Jammer.
“The Netanya Municipality is the first in Israel to understand the importance of energy continuity to critical infrastructure and business,” said Jammer. “Our smart systems provide energy security and ensure that the lights will never go out for residents. Netanya will soon become a city without power outages.”
“Nation-E’s cutting-edge solutions tackle a major challenge that smart grid and critical infrastructure security are facing. One cannot underestimate the gravity of a successful attack on the energy grid and the need to eliminate any potential breaches,” said Rami Efrati, the former head of the civilian sector division of the Israel National Cyber Bureau in Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office.