I Told you so!

January 30, 2008

I have now been working in information security for the past 8 years. In that time I have been of the opinion that once we start networking and connecting up normal household appliances we will be in the age of ‘it just is’. This is the age of ubiquity where we no longer see a computer but a table, chair or door.

Now we see that appliances such as toasters and picture frames are being hacked and infected by malware. A few weeks ago I saw this article about hacking toaster on the net (here), more recently the infection of a picture frame which can have uploaded photos and they cycle through slide-show style. This does raise a point around security of embedded devices (here) and what the wider implications are.

Imagine how much latent CPU power is available in your house for appliances to perform a DDoS Attack – would your toaster turn against you?

Paul

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