Isis hacked my fridge!

As the Jet­son con­nected-home dream be­comes a re­al­ity, se­cu­rity spe­cial­ist Lan­cope’s tech chief warns of a ran­somware revo­lu­tion

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - TK Keanini

In­sight by Lan­cope’s TK Keanini

“Honey, noth­ing in the house seems to be work­ing and I have this email here that says some­thing about send­ing Bit­coin to turn ev­ery­thing back on…”

To­day, ran­somware is be­com­ing big business for cy­ber­crim­i­nals. They tar­get com­put­ers, smart­phones and even on­line re­tail­ers with at­tacks that crash your ma­chine or spe­cific apps, pre­vent­ing ac­cess to data or me­dia with the threat of per­ma­nent dis­abling or dele­tion. To free your ma­chine of choice, you need to pay up, usu­ally via an un­trace­able vir­tual cur­rency such as Bit­coin.

This is pos­si­ble, of course, be­cause the web con­nects com­put­ers around the globe. Yet this grow­ing net­work now in­cludes gad­gets in your home and on your body. With Sam­sung buy­ing SmartThings and Ap­ple’s HomeKit on the way to kick­start the “in­ter­net of things” again, it could soon be con­nect­ing just about ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­thing else.

As a re­sult I have bad news, and then re­ally bad news. The bad news is that we live in a world with a grow­ing num­ber of hack­ers who want to tar­get you. From crim­i­nal gangs to free­lance black hats and even ter­ror groups such as the no­tably web-savvy ji­hadist group ISIS, they want your data and your money.

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