Fascinating write-up, via El Reg's John Leyden, of what some may say smack's a bit o' the Ned Ludd... In which, Mr. Leyden tells a tale fractionally too close to home; yours and my home, that is. A tale of portent, and societal dis-ease whence the Internet of Things [IoT] truly does arrive, and we become beholden to our inter-connected fridges, light bulbs and what-not. SkyNet? Hardly. An apt description would be MundaneNet™.
Satya should set his alarms to get up early for this. The United States Senate's Committee on the Judiciary is slated to begin an investigation into the recent botnet slam-dunk, in which, Microsoft Corporation (NasdaqGS: MSFT) is accused in the popular press of heavy-handedness. The Committee will commence with it's scrutiny tomorrow afternoon, in the Other Washington (Washington, D.C., that is) at the Dirksen Senate Office Building [specifically in Dirksen 226], at 2:30PM on Tuesday, July 15th, with United States Senator Whitehouse presiding over the meeting. Promises to be a at the very least, interesting...
Via the inimitable Brian Krebs, of Krebs on Security, comes reports of insert, thin and mini card skimmers, and the perils of automated banking and commerce for consumers worldwide. The astonishing component to this litany of miscreant evil-doers is the apparent inability of hardware manufacturers' to detect, notify and terminate these devices at will [or, at the very least, reject all cards on the machine when nefarious activities are suspected].
In a fascinating read, via Defense One's Molly O'Toole, comes an apocryphal description - by John Kelly, GEN USMC - targeting our southern border, now known as an 'Existential Threat'. Probably too close to the truth for most of Congress to admit.
"In spring hearings before the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, Kelly said that budgets cuts are “severely degrading” the military’s ability to defend southern approaches to the U.S border. Last year, he said, his task force was unable to act on nearly 75 percent of illicit trafficking events. “I simply sit and watch it go by,” he said. But the potential threats are even greater. Kelly warned that neglect has created vulnerabilities that can be exploited by terrorist groups, describing a “crime-terror convergence” already seen in Lebanese Hezbollah’s involvement in the region.' - via Defense One's Molly O'Toole