Nightmare on Smart Street

Gone are the days of black hackers being limited to stealing your identity and bank details online; with today’s technology they can break into your house at night, steal the food from your fridge and murder your children!

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The internet of things (IOT) is a vision whereby static objects are connected to the internet. These objects are not normally considered computers, yet they have the capacity to stream, disseminate, upload and download data, thus they transgress the borders which are traditionally assigned to them. These objects are becoming tangibly social. This raises a variety of issues and questions relating to security and surveillance; additionally it challenges the current human understanding of identity.

The art of black hacking into phones and computers via the internet has had disastrous consequences for many civilians, yet some genius had the great idea to connect a whole bunch of unanimous (and animal) objects to the internet regardless

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of this, including houses, thus basically inviting thieves and murderers into the family home.  This means that your front door can be unlocked, your lights turned out and your food poisoned (for those more into passive-aggressive slaughtering) via hacking. Keen yet?

 

There are examples of people already toying with each other. One man from Ohio, very disgruntled after his wife left him for her lover, hacked into their thermostat to make it uncomfortably cold for them during winter, and even turned it on high when they were not at home to jack up their electricity bill. It just gets better and better.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate we’ve created some cool technology and the smart house is a mint idea, but it didn’t need to go past the blueprint. I can walk to the front door if I want to lock it. If I want a coffee, I am perfectly capable of walking to the kettle myself to brew it. And if I wanted to murder someone? I have the self-respect to do it the old-fashioned way; pick a lonely house in the woods and rent a chainsaw. Or maybe just bash the door down, Hagrid style. Or maybe even use poison darts. Sorry, I’m getting off topic; I just don’t understand the need to have every. single. thing. connected to the internet. Maybe we aren’t there yet, but we are getting uncomfortably close. The massive security flaws just aren’t worth it.

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-Claire

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “Nightmare on Smart Street

  1. Great post! it’s discomforting that everything nowadays that doesn’t necassarily need to be connected to the internet seems to be doing so anyway. But I guess the development of the internet has allowed it to be capable of connecting to anything, even things that you wouldn’t expect

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  2. Nice blog, I agree that although its awesome the technological improvements with the IOT is it actually necessary this amount of connectivity and as you said can be rather dangerous if used the wrong way. Interesting read, nice work!

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  3. Who can imagine one day we can have the fridge connected to the Internet? 10 years ago, we’d say this is ridiculous, but it really happens now. It is a consequence but also a potential of advanced technology. You pointed well how unnecessary it is to have all household appliances connected to the Internet. It brings about convenience, but we can’t ignore the risks. This article analyses how smarts appliances can put us at risk (https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/off-topic/could-your-smart-home-put-you-at-risk/). By the way, I love how you always put some Harry Potter elements in your posts.

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  4. As always, coolio post.

    I think that you could have mentioned more the pros of having a fully IoT house. Yeah, sure you suggested that it would make it easier to get horribly murdered, but isn’t it worth the risk if you can have a cup of tea automatically made when you’re stumbling out of bed? I know I’d make that trade off.
    Seriously, though, I think the majority of IoT applications are going to be more macro infrastructure. Traffic slows, automatic infrastructure distribution and restocking, boring stuff like that. Moreover, there will always be the traditional options of managing these things that we can fall back on if they’re compromised.
    I’m not qualified in anyway, though, so I’ll link to someone who is to further demonstrate my point.

    http://au.pcmag.com/consumer-electronics-reviews-ratings/11502/gallery/19-ways-the-internet-of-things-changes-everything

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  5. I agree that smart objects and iot present many dangers to an already dangerous society. So many things can go wrong. However, there are also many benefits to be gained by incorporating iot into our everyday lives. If used appropriately and intelligently, these objects can be used to fix fundamental flaws in our society such as the abundance of litter etc. Here is an article that highlights the advantages of incorporating iot into our lives that I think you’ll find contradicting and intriguing, https://sites.google.com/a/cortland.edu/the-internet-of-things/advantages

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  6. I really thought I couldn’t be uncomfortable about the IoT but now I am. Haha I enjoyed hearing your own thoughts and commentary coupled with some good analysis. You raise some important questions about the security implications of smart objects. Great post!

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  7. Well… Needless to say that you have made me extremely uncomfortable and would never set foot into a smart house with you, ever haha. The points you brought about how the smart homes have security flaws are extremely right, in this article (http://ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/videos/23748-hacking-into-homes-smart-home-security-flaws-found-in-popular-system) it goes into professional loop-holes and how to get into these smart apps that control these homes. It would indeed be simple enough to mess around with someone you don’t like which is extremely concerning. The fact that everything is now so easily accessible due to the amount of connectivity we have because of IoT is extremely concerning. The intangible world and materiality’s lines are blurring as time goes on which is not a good thing (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277957507_The_Question_of_Materiality_Mattering_in_the_Network_Society).

    Great blog post with some stellar points and your meme made me laugh extremely hard! If I could give any feedback it would have been to use another example of hackers and smart houses because that was extremely interesting.

    ~ krisesandchrosses ~

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  8. Really cool post, I found it interesting that you are against the idea of the smart house – originally I thought I’d be against it because it does seem simpler to just go to the front of the house and lock the door. But speaking to some people who have proper installations and knowledge of it, it sounds really interesting and would probably be worth even investigating. Liked the meme and your insight//example of hackers.

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