ATG Quirkies: Sci Fi Today: “When Fridges Attack!”

refrigerator-148332_1280This post from C|NET admits that “with the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.

But the folks at C|NET also point out that such modern convenience  “comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don’t have malware protection. And it’s now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack — that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam — incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator!

(The source of ATG Quirkies is John Riley of Gabriel Books)

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