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Refrigerator Hack: 750, 000 Spam Emails Sent by Smart Gadgets
hngn.com ^ | Jan 18, 2014 08:21 AM EST | Julie S |

Posted on 01/18/2014 6:31:49 AM PST by BenLurkin

Smart appliances are household devices that are able to connect to the Internet including computers, home Internet routers, media PCs and smart TVs. These devices can communicate to the smartphone, tablet or laptop through Wi-Fi. One example is a "smart" refrigerator which can tell the owner when it's time to change the filter. This new technology was designed to simplify tasks at home and save energy costs. However, since these appliances are able to connect to the Internet, it makes sense that cybercriminals were able to find a way to exploit them.

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1 posted on 01/18/2014 6:31:49 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Indubitably, they’ll start inventorying the refrigerator and poll the supermarket when stocks are running low, all on your dime.

Then Obamacare will monitor your consumption to tax us if we don’t eat like Michelle.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 6:34:34 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: BenLurkin

My daughter’s LG refrigerator has the ability to link to the service department, but you have to hold the phone up to the top right hinge when they tell you. I guess it’s back to the old modem thing....

At least it isn’t on wifi...


3 posted on 01/18/2014 6:35:20 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Cvengr
imagine a refrigerator that reports your expenditures on FOOD...to the IRS!!


4 posted on 01/18/2014 6:37:22 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (This Message NOT Approved By The N.S.A.)
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To: Cvengr

I very, very rarely buy an appliance that has any sort of digital control if I can help it. Just another expensive part to replace in my opinion.

I can fix a washer, dryer, dishwasher and sometimes a refrigerator or a microwave if it isn’t the magnetron, so not having some fricking digital control board is a plus for me.


5 posted on 01/18/2014 6:37:59 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: MeshugeMikey

The freezer,....it lies!


6 posted on 01/18/2014 6:38:28 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hello. Is your refrigerator running?

Well you better catch it before it starts sending emails.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH! click.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 6:40:49 AM PST by DManA
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To: BenLurkin
People laughed, when 3-4 years ago Alex Jones said that all the new appliances will now have the ability to help them spy on you in your home.

Not so funny now, is it?

8 posted on 01/18/2014 6:41:14 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Gaffer
I very, very rarely buy an appliance that has any sort of digital control if I can help it. Just another expensive part to replace in my opinion.

Have you priced an old fashioned washing machine timer lately, the type with the rotary conglomeration of contact points which either burn or roaches crawl into for warmth?

It is cheaper to buy some else's old washer that they are "upgrading" to get a better color or ... digital controls!

9 posted on 01/18/2014 6:44:52 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: BenLurkin

Reminds me of the Star Trek episode where the good guys figured out how to connect to the Borg through their sleep program.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 6:47:14 AM PST by Mercat
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To: BwanaNdege

There’s a trick for the old timers in the washing machines. You have to convince your wife or girlfriend not not to spin it like they’re playing “Wheel of Fortune”....I can’t tell you the last time I replaced a timer since I convinced my better half what spinning it does.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 6:47:57 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Mercat

Did ST TNG have any good guys?


12 posted on 01/18/2014 6:50:40 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: riri

Had we seen this on The Twilight Zone in the 1960s, we would have dismissed it as wishful thinking or fantasy.

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13 posted on 01/18/2014 6:55:25 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Gaffer
There’s a trick for the old timers in the washing machines.

Ever since my wife stuffed THIS "old timer" into the washing machine I've thought that I was the only one suffering that fate.

I will admit that I get a bit of a thrill when she asks me if I'd "like to go for a spin?"

:-)

/s

14 posted on 01/18/2014 7:00:00 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Cvengr

Already patented.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 7:20:29 AM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: BwanaNdege

I kept a Maytag going, finally at age 19 the transmission was shot and the tub connection at the bottom corroded pretty bad.

I gave in and got new LG washer and dryer.

They look like something from Star Wars.

(I think I’m good for the first 5 yrs, I negotiated a service plan thrown in on the deal).

After that who knows LOL.


16 posted on 01/18/2014 7:24:01 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Gaffer

You have to convince your wife or girlfriend....

&&

Girlfriend? Why would a fellow’s girlfriend be coming to his house to do his laundry?


17 posted on 01/18/2014 8:00:37 AM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Bigg Red

One would expect that even a ‘girlfriend’ would do her own damned laundry.

Not a woman alive that does laundry trusts her husband/boyfriend with her clothes in the washer.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 8:04:11 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: nascarnation

Three years ago, a neighbor was upgrading to front loaders so we took his old 1990 set. We had a 1987 Kenmore set that was literally on it’s last load because when we moved it out, the whole insides fell out. Our “new” ones are working fine, knock on wood. They just don’t build things like they used to.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 8:07:03 AM PST by bgill
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To: Cvengr
Then Obamacare will monitor your consumption to tax us if we don’t eat like Michelle.

If I crammed food into my face like the Wookie does, I'd be about twice the size I am. I think what you meant to say was "if we don't eat like Michelle tells us."

20 posted on 01/18/2014 8:30:38 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: nascarnation

My dishwasher has pink and baby blue pastel color scheme with gray writing. Too light and small for old eyes. And touch screen - no separate buttons.

I put some clear tape on the places I needed to find by touch.


21 posted on 01/18/2014 9:55:35 AM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: ransomnote

FYI


22 posted on 01/18/2014 10:18:20 AM PST by Whenifhow
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To: BenLurkin

A “smart” refrigerator which can tell the owner low on beer stop at store on the way home.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 10:54:00 AM PST by Vaduz
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