Category Archives: IoT

Reported drop in visitors to museum a counting error, Lifestyle News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

We are in an age where the proliferation of sensors to collect data for analytics is becoming common-place. However there needs to be more caution in completely trusting the result of the data collected, eg. sensors can malfunction, there may be software errors, unprotected endpoints can be hacked etc.

The error resulted from a faulty sensor over the main entrance that was initially detected in the spring of last year, a museum representative said. At that time, an engineer was sent to repair the device, but the device later failed a routine accuracy test in July last year.

Source: Reported drop in visitors to museum a counting error, Lifestyle News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

This Hacker Is My New Hero

Internet vigilante to the rescue? Someone – or some group of people – decided the best way to save the Internet from the scourge of insecure IoT devices is to disable them permanently. I like how he/she/they describes his/her/their project.

I consider my project a form of “Internet Chemotherapy” I sometimes jokingly think of myself as The Doctor. Chemotherapy is a harsh treatment that nobody in their right mind would administer to a healthy patient, but the Internet was becoming seriously ill in Q3 and Q4/2016 and the moderate remedies were ineffective. The side effects of the treatment were harmful but the alternative (DDoS botnet sizes numbering in the millions) would have been worse. I can only hope hope that when the IoT relapse comes we’ll have better ways to deal with it. Besides getting the number of IoT DDoS bots to a manageable level my other key goal has been to raise awareness. The IoT problem is much worse than most people think, and I have some alarming stories to tell.

Source: This Hacker Is My New Hero

Cowlar

Internet-connected cows. Lovely.

Reduce labor, make good decisions & relax while we watch over your cows!

Source: Cowlar

IoT garage door opener maker bricks customer’s product after bad review | Ars Technica

Ouch. Talk about poor customer service. A particularly irate customer who bought an IoT garage door-opener posts a nasty review and his device was denied server access, effectively making it useless or “bricking” it. Imagine posting a bad review about your Smart TV and it stops working. Hmmm.

Startup tells customer “Your unit will be denied server connection.”

Source: IoT garage door opener maker bricks customer’s product after bad review | Ars Technica