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Michelle 10/23/2016 | 6:43:50 PM
Re: Connected? @Joe I would too, actually. I've read of multiple successful infotainment system takeovers. Why not employ them to work as nodes using built-in 4G capabilities?
inkstainedwretch 10/22/2016 | 4:46:03 PM
Jaundiced view Wow, Joe, all of that? That's pretty darn cynical.

I agree with you. Security experts work long and hard to keep the Internet (and what's connected to it) safe, and they should be justly proud of what they do.

Every single one of them will tell you some variation of "security is a cat and mouse game," but I'm not sure enough of them have internalized that in every game of measure and countermeasure, in each successive round, the stakes get a little bit higher, and eventually peoples' safety is going to be involved, not just their privacy or their peace of mind -- both of which have already been compromised far more extensively than anyone should be comfortable with.

Long-established car companies understand product safety in their bones, and that's why companies like BMW and Ford are talking a minimum of 5 years before they come out with autonomous cars. Elon Musk, who I generally admire, is playing with fire moving ahead with autonomous Teslas as soon as he can.

-- Brian Santo
Joe Stanganelli 10/22/2016 | 4:29:58 PM
Re: Update 2, 6pm ET Yeah, but if the Botnet master(s) = overseas (esp. in a nation like Russia), a fat lot of good that will do (or so history tends to tell us).
Joe Stanganelli 10/22/2016 | 4:28:41 PM
Re: Connected? @Michelle: I like your "next".

I'd be astounded if there are not already Botnet-connected cars out there.
Joe Stanganelli 10/22/2016 | 4:27:57 PM
Re: Update 1 Sadly, Kelsey, they're a bit used to it.

The comment on gamer friend of mine shared on Facebook the other day, paraphrased: When it's the gaming networks, nobody says boo (but the gamers).  But if Reddit or Twitter or affected, people lose their minds.
Joe Stanganelli 10/22/2016 | 4:26:11 PM
Timing The grand irony is that, at a conference I attended this past week, one expert was emphatic that we are overreacting to the notions of  IoT security flaws and IoT botnets destroying the Internet.

Oh, well.
inkstainedwretch 10/21/2016 | 6:33:57 PM
Update 3, 6:15pm ET Dyn declared the incident is resolved.

We'll want to hear next about the exact nature of the attack, the possible source(s) of the attack, and what kind of security measures will be necessary to prevent a similar thing from happening again.
-- Brian Santo
inkstainedwretch 10/21/2016 | 6:27:23 PM
And not to put too fine a point on it... This attack is almost certainly going to be mentioned during an Upskill Univ. course next week. Details and a link are to your right.
Wednesday, October 26, 1:00PM EDT
Security: Tackling DDoS
Gary Sockrider, Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks
inkstainedwretch 10/21/2016 | 5:59:10 PM
Update 2, 6pm ET Dyn has informed CNBC that it is dealing with at third wave of attacks, and that the DDoS attacks appear to be using a wide range of connected devices (possibly including DVRs) that have been infected in recent weeks with malware. The company told CNBC that its ongoing investigation into the attacks has not turned up any evidence that the attacks are state sponsored.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security said they are also looking into the matter.

-- Brian Santo

inkstainedwretch 10/21/2016 | 5:42:34 PM
Re: Connected? Same thing it means for anything connected -- nothing is safe unless you work to make it safe and -- and this is the important part -- keep working to keep it safe.

Hackers demonstrated the ability to take over a moving vehicle a couple years ago, and automobile companies all took careful note. People who make nannycams and retail chain IT systems can afford to be cavalier about Internet security, but the auto companies are keenly aware that they absolutely do not fall into that category.

You can never trust any big corporation entirely, but odds are pretty good that the automotive industry is taking Internet security very, very seriously.

-- Brian Santo
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