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7/7/2014
12:06 PM
Frank Palermo
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Internet of Things Done Wrong Stifles Innovation

Anticipate and embrace the changes the Internet of things will bring or it will do more harm than good.

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Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/7/2014 | 2:31:56 PM
Re: All about motive
Think about that, though - the point of IPv6 is that we have essentially unlimited IP addresses. So, each fridge, thermostat and toaster gets its own, and presumably, the manufacturer takes some precautions not to connect data with the identity of the owner, so that's another step.

How is it feasible to exploit such a system for data mining of what I eat or my favorite indoor temp? Again, risk vs effort vs reward. 
ghijkmnop
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7/7/2014 | 2:02:31 PM
Re: All about motive
The data/identity thieves are indeed a major threat, but the data MINERS can be far more insideous-- especially if they report to insurance companies. Criminals may go after large amounts of money from a small group of people, but legitimate businesses can be content with 1% more, as long as it's from hundreds of thousands of people.
Thomas Claburn
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7/7/2014 | 2:01:26 PM
Re: All about motive
I would go so far as to say that the IoT stiffles innovation. Connecting people prompted the communications revolution, but connecting machines doesn't do the same. Most of what machines have to tell us isn't that valuable, yet companies see such connectivity as comparable to the importance of the Internet and the Web. It's not.
Lorna Garey
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7/7/2014 | 1:13:57 PM
All about motive
I  get that people worry about someone hacking into their IoT-enabled refrigerator and seeing how much diet soda they actually drink, but the big question I have is, why would they care?

Attackers go where the money is. They attack caches of credit card numbers. The effort needed to get access to a typical smart home would not be offset by the reward.
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