View Full Version : Not plugged in & using secret technology to gather data...wow

17th January 2014, 18:11
...secret tech being used...


17th January 2014, 18:21
article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/us/nsa-effort-pries-open-computers-not-connected-to-internet.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimesworld&_r=0

17th January 2014, 19:32
Remember hearing that when we see it, they have allready had it for many years?? Well guess what! They have. Almost from the inception of computers. yep.

17th January 2014, 19:37
and not just computers...Yahoo front page is reporting about other hacking happening with our home appliances...

For the first time, hackers have used a refrigerator to attack businesses
By Julie Bort 6 hours ago

Security researchers at Proofpoint have uncovered the very first wide-scale hack that involved television sets and at least one refrigerator.

Yes, a fridge.

This is being hailed as the first home appliance "botnet" and the first cyberattack from the Internet of Things.

A botnet is a series of computers that seem to be ordinary computers functioning in people's homes and businesses, but are really secretly controlled by hackers. The Internet of Things, is a new term in the tech industry that refers to a concept where every device in your house gets its own computer chip, software, and connection to the Internet: your fridge, thermostat, smart water meter, door locks, etc.

To a hacker, they all become computers that can be hacked and controlled.

In this case, hackers broke into more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets, such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions, and at least one refrigerator, Proofpoint says. They then used those objects to send more than 750,000 malicious emails to enterprises and individuals worldwide.

In the press release, Proofpoint explains:
•The hack happened between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014, and featured waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts of 100,000, three times per day, targeting enterprises and individuals worldwide.
•About three-quarters of the emails were sent by regular computers, but the rest, slightly more than one-quarter, were sent by hacked home appliances.
•Hackers didn't have to be amazingly smart when breaking into home appliances. Many times they gained access because the home owners didn't set them up correctly, or used the default password that came with the device.

Most homes are not yet a part of the Internet of Things, and looks like hackers will already be there to greet them when they arrive.

17th January 2014, 20:46
I like how the judge pointed out that hacking is illegal, no matter who is doing it.

Mad Hatter
20th January 2014, 06:26
Mojo do you have a link to the Julie Bort material?

DOH...mybad re-read Yahoo front page (not somewhere I have ever been...)