Items tagged with IoT

If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba, the DDoS attack reached nearly 1 Tbps at its peak. Of those IoT devices participating in the DDoS attack, they were primarily comprised of CCTV cameras and DVRs. Many of these types devices' network settings are improperly configured, which leaves them ripe... Read more...
The web is becoming the wild, wild west all over again it seems. You could argue the Internet's always been a potentially dangerous place, but with the proliferation of smart devices becoming increasingly commonplace, cybercriminals now have more points of entry into home networks than ever before. Smart home automation gadgets collectively comprise much of what's referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), and just like your PC, they can be silently hijacked and enlisted into a botnet, a malicious network of systems under the control of a foreign party. Individually, all these smart lighting,... Read more...
You can pretty much buy anything out of a vending machine nowadays, but it's not too often that one gives away its products for free. If you're interested in such a machine, you'd better hope that you'll be in Chicago either today or tomorrow, as Nest plans to drop a vending machine at two different locations that give 500 people a free Nest thermostat. The vending machine should look a lot like what it does in the picture below; essentially, extremely hard to miss, thanks to its bright blue front. We're not sure about certain details, such as how machines would limit one unit per person, or what's... Read more...
There are two things that Samsung really wants: to be one of the first to deploy a city-wide IoT infrastructure, as well as make sure that IoT infrastructure is on its home turf, in South Korea. That will soon be happening, and it's sure to be one of the first of what will become many such roll-outs over time. For its first deployment, Samsung is going to be using a LoRaWAN-based network (Long-range Wide Area Network), which will utilize a 900MHz band. The first city to be affected by this will be Daegu, South Korea's fourth-largest city. While many reading this probably thought the first city... Read more...
When you think of your home, your belongings and your family, it likely automatically invokes various feelings of love, happiness, care, etc. And because of this, it is no surprise that people throughout time have looked for new and inventive ways to ensure the safety of their home via different monitoring and security tactics, and as technology has evolved, so too have the number of technologically oriented products for home monitoring and security. That having been said, home security cameras are currently among the most popular home security products available to consumers today. Ideal for anyone... Read more...
While smart home innovation is still in its infancy, the number of products being introduced to the market on a monthly basis is increasing significantly. Devices that give you the ability to control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your mobile device are making lives easier and increasing overall efficiency. Meanwhile, users are adapting quickly. In the United States, household penetration of smart home technology is at 5.82% in 2016, with penetration expected to hit 18.62% in 2020. If you’re not part of this 5.82%, you could be on the fence - and we totally get it. With... Read more...
When we hear about IoT, or Internet of Things, it often relates to products like smart clothing, accessories or even home automation. But IoT can also play a major role in the enterprise space, as Microsoft has just confirmed with its acquisition of an Italian company called Solair. In its blog post, Microsoft notes that Solair is well-established in the IoT space, having established itself involved in manufacturing, retail, food, and transportation. One of the things that no doubt stood out to Microsoft most about Solair is the company's appreciation for its Azure cloud platform, as all of its... Read more...
One week ago, Intel took the drastic step of laying off 12,000 employees, representing 11 percent of the company’s workforce by mid-2017. While we are always saddened to hear about such wide-scale layoffs in the tech industry, the writing has been on the wall as PC sales have been on a downward trajectory for years. At the time, CEO Brian Krzanich hinted at his plans to transform Intel “from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices… As we drive this transformation, there is an extraordinary opportunity ahead. We will emerge as a more productive... Read more...
Intel out of the blue announced high-level executive departures from two of its most high-profile business divisions. The first executive that is parting ways with Intel is Kirk Skaugen, who has been with the company for nearly 25 years. Skaugen most recently was in charge of the Client Computing Group (CCG). His previous roles at Intel included leading the PC and Data Center Group and the PC Client Group before it was renamed to CCG. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group President Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala commended... Read more...
The “Internet of Things” is not simply a catchy phrase to describe the impending influx of network-attached products. Of course, there are a myriad of network-attached products on the horizon, which cover everything from light-bulbs to doorbells, but one of the main tenets of the IoT is that all of these devices seamlessly work together. That may not be the case initially, but the overarching idea is that everything from home appliances, to computers, smartphones and automobiles – among many other things -- interact seamlessly and offer a good user experience.With that in mind, many industry leaders... Read more...
Nest Labs hoped to spark an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution with the introduction of the Nest Learning Thermostat. After all, many homeowners had never encountered a thermostat that was so adept at maintaining heat/cooling levels using a bevy of sensors and software magic while shutting off when you left the room and turning back on when you returned. Nest’s achievements with its thermostat (and later, the Nest Protect) were enough to attract the attention of Google, which bought the company for $3.2 billion in 2014. While no one expects that a Nest thermostat should be locked down as securely... Read more...
It's been a pretty big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement and it's posed to grow even bigger in 2016. With that in mind, Samsung has decided to make its entire 2016 lineup of smart TVs IoT ready with support for SmartThings, an open platform that allows users to connect and control smart devices. All of Samsung's upcoming smart TVs will feature IoT hub technology, allowing the TVs to act as the sort of control center for the entire smart home. It's not a just a matter of mashing technologies together and hoping for cohesiveness, either -- Samsung developed its own IoT hub technology... Read more...
Samsung completely revamped its SmartThings line of smart home products today, from its SmartThings Hub to the sensors. It even gave the app an overhaul to improve navigation. Samsung is positioning it as an easy way to start monitoring important events in your home, like water leaks, intruders, and the arrival of guests. As a Samsung spokesperson put it in a post today: “In fact, we started SmartThings out of a desire to know the answer to a basic but deeply personal question: is everything OK in my home.”The SmartThings Hub is the key to the network of SmartThings sensors. It connects to your... Read more...
A new IoT device from LG promises to make your plain-old washing machine a “smart” one by connecting it to your home wireless network. The new SmartThinQ Sensor won’t give your appliances the same functionality that new, connected appliances have, but it has some compelling features nonetheless. The LG SmartThinQ highlights the difference between true smart appliances and appliances that are “smart aware.” With smart appliances, the connection goes both ways: your thermostat sends setting and temperature info to your phone’s app and you can use the same app to change the thermostat’s settings.... Read more...
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