Dear America, why is it so hard to find a bacon butty! It’s literally just bacon on a roll!
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
Sales of wearable technology jumped almost 300 percent in 2012 as we bought 8.3 million fitness trackers, smart watches, and smart glasses. But we’re still at the very, very early stages of the industry, according to a new report that says that sales will balloon to 64 million devices within four years. That’s better than 50 percent growth, every single year.
Passwords people. The first step is using passwords on your wifi and other devices.
In a stunning demonstration, Stiansen clicked to the IP address for an activated ABS MegaCam, widely sold as a $220 baby monitor. The device was activated on the Internet by a resident of Glendale, Calif., who uses Charter Communications as an ISP.
Malicious software embedded on the web cam’s Linux operating system causes a live cam view of the homeowner’s living room to appear in the browser of anyone who clicks to the web cam’s IP address. During Stiansen’s demo, a woman and then a man enter the room and sit on a couch.
The bad guy who embedded the malware on the baby monitor probably doesn’t care much about snooping; the web cam’s computing power, instead, is being used to locate similar devices and help the attacker to control as many as 2,000 ABS MegaCams.
"This is happening at a large scale, and it’s growing hugely every day," Stiansen says, "This is very powerful stuff, and the scariest part is this is only the tip of the iceberg."
There’s clear logic behind methodically assembling digital appliances into niche networks, called botnets, under the control of a single operator.