When lighbulbs attack

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2013 - 11:34 AM |
Tagged: upnp, SMART

An unintended and dangerous side effect of smart devices is being discussed at Fujitsu, specifically the threat posed by internet connected light bulbs but it applies to all networked devices.  The hypothetical problem is a massive DDoS attack launched by malware that has infected light bulbs causing much more damage than one launched by infected computers seeing as how most people have many more light bulbs than they do electronic devices.  There were also concerns raised about the possibility of nefarious people getting a hold of the usage data and determining when the best time to break into a house would be.  Read this story over at The Register and never look at a lightbulb the same way again.

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"Fujitsu’s CTO has sketched a nightmare vision of lightbulbs turning on their human masters in massive denial of service attacks if industry doesn’t get a grip on the security of the “internet of things”."

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Source: The Register