"The night knows what the day never suspects."
-- Samuel McCord
"We die a bit each day by things we should have seen and did not."
-- Hibbs, the bear with two shadows
We accept things into our homes with joy that lurk with dangers unseen.
1. Your TelevisionEver wonder how your TV remembers what shows you’ve watched, which ones you plan to watch,
and how long you watched the Red Wedding episode of GAMES OF THRONES before falling into nightmare-ridden sleep?
(That was the only episode of GOT I saw, at a friend's home. Is it just me, or has TV lost its sense of propriety, of shame?)
The TV does it all by connecting to the Internet. Therein lies its weakness.
Computer Security firm ReVuln proved last year that it could hack Samsung’s newest televisions, accessing users’ settings, installing malware on the TVs and any connected devices, and harvesting all the personal data stored on the machine.
They could even switch on the camera embedded in the TV and watch viewers watching the set!
(If they were watching me viewing Red Wedding, they saw me with fingers over my eyes!!)
2. Your Dishwasher, Clothes Dryer, Toaster, Clock Radio and Remote Control
This may sound fantastical,
but no less an expert on spying than former CIA Director David Petraeus believes that even mundane appliances like your dishwasher could soon be used to gather intelligence about you.
Petraeus told a group of investors last year that such technology will be “transformational” for spies –could “change our notions of secrecy.” I think it could help criminals, too!
3. Your Lights
The same technology that enables monitoring of your home appliances also could allow would-be spies to monitor your lights.
In addition to tracking your schedule, taking control of your home lighting system could help robbers invade your home by turning off the lights and keeping them off during an invasion.
4. Insulin Pumps and Pacemakers
Forget about hacking your house. What about hacking your body?
White Hat hacker Barnaby Jack
proved he could kill a diabetic person from 300 feet away by ordering an insulin pump to deliver fatal doses of insulin!
This summer he announced he could hack pacemakers and implanted defibrillators!
“These are computers that are just as exploitable as your PC or Mac, but they’re not looked at as often,” Jack told Bloomberg.
“When you actually look at these devices, the security vulnerabilities are quite shocking.”
Think of every spy gadget dreamt up by Q in James Bond films.
Microphone, still and video camera, geo-locating device, and computer software that can steal your personal passwords, hack your bank accounts, hijack your email and take control of other devices.
Your smartphone has all these things.
In addition, the U.S. military disclosed last year it created an app called PlaceRaider that uses a phone’s camera, geo-location data and its accelerometer to create a 3D map of the phone’s surroundings.
6. Your Tablet and Computer
Most tablets and computers have all the same tools as smartphones and some have even more.
If your phone can spy on you, they can too.
Even more so than our smartphones, we unwittingly stuff them with every imaginable tidbit of sensitive personal information
from lists of passwords, to tax and financial information, to geo-tagged photographs, to the innermost secrets that we exchange with our friends.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS?
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE "RED WEDDING" EPISODE OF GAMES OF THRONES?