Information Systems Integration – Tony Messina

Monthly Archives: November 2017

Botnets and the IoT

Botnets are a network of infected computers or devices that are controlled remotely by cybercriminals to orchestrate spam campaigns, commit fraud, and create traffic for distributed denial-of-service attacks. Botnets have been around since the early 2000’s but have become more difficult to defend against.

Today, the Internet of Things has become a target for cybercriminals. Devices and gadgets such as webcams, DVRs and routers are being hacked, due to the lack of security that they have, to build large botnets that can be used to bring the victim’s system to a crawl and inevitably crash.  The most recent example of this type of attack was with the domain name provider Dyn.  This caused sites like Twitter and Netflix to temporarily disappear from the internet.

The reason IoT devices are not secure is because they are cheap devices that neither the seller nor the buyer cares about security because it does not effect them in any way.

How can this ever growing threat be neutralized? Is there any way that IoT device manufacturers will produce more secure products?

Sources:  MIT Technology Review, Schneier, Internet of Things

Self Driving Cars Will Get Rid of Millions of Jobs!

There are currently 3.5 million truck drivers in America who are at risk of losing there jobs to self driving cars when the technology is finally implemented. Self driving cars are very appealing to companies because they will get to there destinations quicker because the cars don’t have to stop for breaks like human drivers. Self driving trucks will also save companies millions of dollars on drivers salaries they will no longer need to pay.

Ford has set the deadline of 2021 to roll out its first fully autonomous vehicle. General motors has come out and said they want to roll out there first fully autonomous vehicle as soon as possible with no hard deadline. Companies like Uber and Lyft are looking to utilize this technology to reduce the cost of rides for consumers. Overall, self driving cars will improve efficiency in our society but will come at the cost of millions of jobs.