May 30, 2016

Beware the ghosts of smart device owners – past and future

I haven’t been able to find a reliable source for this story, other than that it was recounted by Leo Laporte on the Security Now podcast episode #561. However, the scenario illustrates a couple of interesting risks from using Smart devices, where the devices may have been returned by an original purchaser, and then purchased by somebody else.
August 30, 2016

Getting rich by betting against insecure medical device suppliers

Just a few months ago, I highlighted the fact that many medical devices at hospitals and health-care institutions were accessible and often open to attack from […]
October 31, 2016

Cartoon: The Internet of Ransomware Things from Joy of Tech

It was inevitable that somebody would find a way to put a funny spin on the security vulnerabilities of the Internet of Things and “smart devices”.  […]
November 1, 2016

Three reasons you may need to throw away your Smart Devices

While I have been pointing out the risks of using Smart Devices and adopting the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past year, there has definitely been a gathering recognition among the security industry - and now the news media - about these risks. Certainly, the high profile outage of Twitter, Spotify, Pinterest, Google and Netflix last week focused attention on the security vulnerabilities within IoT devices. Now people are starting to realize the potentially scary scenarios that are just wait to happen thanks to the poor security around these devices. It's great that more people now share my concern, and many are trying to identify solutions. But here are my reasons why many of the devices you've already purchased may always be vulnerable - and you may need to throw them away to stay safe.