My house isn’t big enough to bother putting the lights or anything else ‘online.’
Paying a “ransom” or “blackmail” encourages them (or others watching) to do it again, and there is no way of knowing if they’ll actually fulfill their part of the batgain.
I can see having a lot of things under a central control unit, but once anyone links it up to the interweb, you’re setting yourself up for stupidly easily preventable trouble.
Congress at one time had a plan to increase the security of the internet and other communication sources. It was voted down as unnecessary and too expensive. Anyone want to hazard a guess by whom? Follow the trail of Mitch Turtle-athlete McMafia and THE ORANGE IDIOT’S path of Cheeto crumbs, otherwise known as The Repulsican Crime Family.
And he’s more likely to pay the ransom instead of lifting the handle up…
The US is readying sanctions against Russia over the SolarWinds cyber attack. Here’s a simple explanation of how the massive hack happened and why it’s such a big deal
But on the up side, Republicans just look that much more dishonest and idiotic when they try to mischaracterize the 1/6 insurrection as a peaceful tour group.
Sorry traitors, we saw the whole thing.
I won’t allow an Alexa or any such device in my house, let alone any of that other IoT crap, and won’t allow my cell phone to activate any sort of an “assistant”. I know that doesn’t prevent all the other data slurping, but I try to limit it as much as possible.
Judging by the amount of dishes in the sink, one can only assume that the dishwasher is also being blocked by ransomware.
Beware of unforeseen consequences.
You need the Central Scrutinizer
Is that Gray’s brother?
There have been warning alarms sounding for several years, but “It aint my house” mentality still prevails.
The ever emerging smart home technologies not including computers, have users adding more and more WIFI devices in their homes unaware of the expanded network vulnerabilities they are creating. These can amount to 40 or more devices and need to have very secure passwords and regular software updates. Unless you stay on top of this and try to manage these devices regularly, hackers will have a field day.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
May 28, 2018