Merry Christmas -The Internet of Insecure Toys

Are the toys you are buying for your kids hackable?Can anyone listen in or have a conversation with your kids via an Internet connected toy?  Sorry, but the answer is “yes.”

We have been writing for a while about the grievous lack of security on Internet-connected “smart” appliances, web cameras, baby monitors, door locks, thermostats, personal assistants, Wi-Fi, Cable, and DSL routers, and other ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


ST17-001: Securing the Internet of Things

11/16/2017 04:52 PM EST  Original release date: November 16, 2017

The Internet of Things refers to any object or device that sends and receives data automatically through the Internet. This rapidly expanding set of “things” includes tags (also known as labels or chips that automatically track objects), sensors, and devices that interact with people and share ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Robot Gains Saudi Citizenship

From the Smithsonian.  Last week, Saudi Arabia, became the first in the world to grant citizenship to a robot during a technological summit held in its capital. Sophia, created by Hanson Robotics, is designed to look like Audrey Hepburn and possesses advanced artificial intelligence. ...

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Autonomous Robotic Weapons

We already have some highly sophisticated weapons systems that use computer technology and electronics to do things on a battlefield undreamed of even a few decades ago.  This does include robotic weapons systems.  The important ingredient in all this tech is the presence of human control.  At this point in time it still takes a human to drive these war machines.

But we are not the far from being able to ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


 Robots Can Crack Safes

Robots can crack safes faster than humans — and differently. We’re going to have to start thinking about robot adversaries as we design our security systems.  From Wired via Schneier.

https://www.wired.com/story/watch-robot-crack-safe/


[WordPress Security] Ransomware Targeting WordPress – An Emerging Threat

Over the past month, the Wordfence team has been tracking a ...

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Will Artificial Intelligence Beat Real Intelligence?

One of the persistent memes that interest me is the impending event sometimes known as “the singularity.”  This is a probable future where our electronic devices become self-aware and fully autonomous.  We see the beginnings of this happening all around us in devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Echo, The Nest and Google communities of smart devices, self-driving vehicles, and all the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that listen ...

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Google reCAPTCHA Fooled By Bot

CAPTCHA, or Completely Automated Procedures for Telling Computers and Humans Apart, was a system first theorized by cryptographer Alan Turing in 1950.  We find these little “I am not a robot” challenges popping up all over the place, especially when creating a new account, registering for a web service the first time, or sometimes as form of poor man’s two-factor authentication. ...

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Who Needs Skynet? Robots Are Easily Hacked By Humans

We can’t talk about robots without thinking about robots running amok as in the Terminator movies.  But it turns out that most of the robots that are available today can be easily hacked by humans.

Robots are showing up in industrial settings, in hospitals, on our roads as autonomous vehicles, in secure facilities as guards, and in our homes, as carpet cleaners, children’s companions.  Soon they will be everywhere, assisting, working, ...

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Disturbing Uses of Artificial Intellegence

Its been a while since we have written about AI and robotics, but an article in Tech Republic got me inspired to discuss some of the more disturbing uses of autonomous machines, from least to most scary

  • AI Based Medical Treatment  – There are increasing advances in the use of artificial intelligence systems in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Using AI to Predict Future Events – The Nautilus computer system has been ...
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