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lecture: Best of IoT Fails

When reality beats science fiction

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The internet of things (IoT) is just at the beginning of its development, but there are already various examples of so-called fails, which are not coming from the pen of science fiction authors. In my talk, I present current examples that I collected as a journalist and did write about that might sound like science fiction, but actually have already taken place. I am also presenting collected solutions on how to make IoT a little bit more failure free and more privacy save.

#IoT #Privacy #NetworkSecurity

Oh, smart, new world: IoT is where reality and utopia are close together. The first networked refrigerators that sent spam mails already existed in 2014. Smart TV cameras had been filming couples during sex in the living room and hackers putting that stuff on the internet in 2016. I collected these & many more examples of IoT-fails during my work as a tech journalist.

Science fiction writers would not do any better with writing that kind of storys. Or would they? Let's ask them.

Often, however, there are also less spectacular things, such as IP monitoring cameras, thermostats, fire detectors, network printers or WLAN routers that make the Internet of Things a real threat to the entire Internet. According to Austrian security researchers 96.8 percent of networked devices have security gaps. The devices can then be used by attackers to send spam mails. Or they can help to make Internet services such as Netflix, Facebook, or Twitter lame.
What does this all mean for our privacy when our data is leaked? And how can we find solutions? Are there any positive examples of how IoT can be used open source and with privacy by design? To escape this "we are all doomed" feeling a little bit more I would like to present a collection of statements what science fiction authors advice. Or would they rather prefer that reality beats them?