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For The First Time, Hackers Have Used A Refrigerator To Attack Businesses
Business Insider ^ | January 17. 2014 | JULIE BORT

Posted on 01/17/2014 6:19:17 AM PST by MeshugeMikey

Security researchers at Proofpoint have uncovered the very first wide-scale hack that involved television sets and at least one refrigerator.

Yes, a fridge.

This is being hailed as the first home appliance "botnet" and the first cyberattack from the Internet of Things.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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1 posted on 01/17/2014 6:19:17 AM PST by MeshugeMikey
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To: MeshugeMikey

guess moochelle’s looking to see what you’ve got in your frig!


2 posted on 01/17/2014 6:24:41 AM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Take a WiFi-enabled fridge, install malware, and as soon as it's delivered to its new (wealthy, in order to afford it) owner, you can do as you please with his home network, since you are already inside his firewall.

And all it takes is to have one of your people install some software at some point along the distribution chain.

Or even at its Chinese point of manufacturing...

3 posted on 01/17/2014 6:29:10 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Who didn’t see this coming? Soon, your toaster will be spying on you!...............


4 posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:03 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I wonder if the fridge came from Target?


5 posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:10 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: dirtboy

ahaha now there’s a conundrum.

do each of these appliances have thier own IP addresses?


6 posted on 01/17/2014 6:38:42 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: ealgeone

talk about desperation....

we have far exceeded the controls of a “1984”

now.... how to encrypt those frozen Chocolate Cream Pies?


7 posted on 01/17/2014 6:40:04 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: Red Badger

Bob? yes HI this I Mike...

Hey I just got an email from your Air Conditioner? Whats GOING On?


8 posted on 01/17/2014 6:41:16 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: PapaBear3625

ah...... yes.... the Chinese Connection

I hadnt come anywhere near to seeing that obvious..”angle’


9 posted on 01/17/2014 6:42:36 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: PapaBear3625

It makes a great headline but in reality a WIFI enabled appliance is essentially a laptop attached to said appliance running some flavor of Linux in most cases. Its an excellent hack because most people would never suspect the fridge or toaster being used as an entry point into their home network. TV sets, printers, scanners, wifi thermostats can all be hacked and placed in the retail packaging for an unsuspecting consumer to bring home.


10 posted on 01/17/2014 6:47:07 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: MeshugeMikey

Im guessing more likely a MAC address on the local lan , , ,


11 posted on 01/17/2014 6:53:28 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: ealgeone
guess moochelle’s looking to see what you’ve got in your frig!

Yeah.
You better have a really stout lock on it!

Seriously I have always been enthused by automation and remote controls, but the trend to universal (phone type) access to devices in my home is never gonna happen.
This is an area of technology about which I am functionally ignorant, and I can't help wondering if my utilities smart meters can be hacked. Anyone know?

I don't relish the thought of being subject to having my electricity and gas hacked and turned off.

12 posted on 01/17/2014 6:55:24 AM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: MeshugeMikey; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...
Keep your eye on the toaster....

TOASTER: Howdy doodly do! How's it going? I'm Talkie -- Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?
LISTER: Look, I don't want any toast, and he (indicating KRYTEN) doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. NO TOAST.
TOASTER: How 'bout a muffin?
LISTER: OR muffins! OR muffins! We don't LIKE muffins around here! We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and DEFINITELY no smegging flapjacks!
TOASTER: Aah, so you're a waffle man!
LISTER: (to KRYTEN) See? You see what he's like? He winds me up, man. There's no reasoning with him.
KRYTEN: If you'll allow me, Sir, as one mechanical to another. He'll understand me. (Addressing the TOASTER as one would address an errant child) Now. Now, you listen here. You will not offer ANY grilled bread products to ANY member of the crew. If you do, you will be on the receiving end of a very large polo mallet.
TOASTER: Can I ask just one question?
KRYTEN: Of course.
TOASTER: Would anyone like any toast?
KRYTEN: Didn't you HEAR what I just said?
TOASTER: Yes, but I thought you might have changed your mind in the meantime.
LISTER: You see? You see what he's like?
KRYTEN: (Exasperated) We haven't changed our mind!
LISTER: NO TOAST!
TOASTER: But I am a toaster. It is my raison d'etre. I toast, therefore I am.

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don't add you to the list...

Red Dwarf Ping!

13 posted on 01/17/2014 6:59:14 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Red Badger
Who didn’t see this coming? Soon, your toaster will be spying on you!...............

Indeed...

14 posted on 01/17/2014 6:59:50 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

bfl


15 posted on 01/17/2014 7:00:59 AM PST by NWHawk (Not Quirky)
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To: publius911
I don't relish the thought of being subject to having my electricity and gas hacked and turned off.

Me neither.

Says the guy whose power went of at 3 AM...

16 posted on 01/17/2014 7:01:26 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: MeshugeMikey
Looks like monitoring our calorie intake is next.

Bloomberg's got a chub.

17 posted on 01/17/2014 7:01:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: null and void

I would strongly suggest this appliance investigate aligning itself with the “Toaster Pride Movement”.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 7:03:30 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: null and void; Lakeshark; Borax Queen; sweetliberty

I SWEAR this isn’t my fault!


19 posted on 01/17/2014 7:04:45 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: bigtoona

If the WiFi router is password protected the hacked refrigerator or other device cannot access it unless/until the homeowner brings it into his network via entering the password into the device’s interface. Until then the infected device is blind to the world.

So really it’s looking for unsecured access points. -Just like every other hacker out there.


20 posted on 01/17/2014 7:06:06 AM PST by Justa
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