Amazon Key

Would you let Amazon unlock your door?

Amazon recently announced the launch of the Amazon Key, allowing the Amazon delivery person to open your door in order to place your package inside, where presumably it will …

IoT

Ready, set, race to the IoT hub

Battle lines are being drawn. Armies are being marshaled. Territory is being eyed and strategies drawn up with military precision. But this war is about to be fought in your …

building

Bracing for the Denial of Things

Turn out the lights in any major city in the developed world, and you know what? It’s not really all that dark. Unless you’ve managed to lock yourself in a broom closet (I …

truck

Will the IoT force truck stops?

“Not with a bang, but with a whimper,” that was how T.S. Eliot described how the world would end, in his 1925 poem “The Hollow Men.” Things don’t always end in …

car swerving hacking

Don’t take your hands off the wheel

Let me tell you a story. It’s a story about my brother-in-law, whom, for the sake of decency, we’ll call Steve. Steve has a new car. He loves that new car. It’s great. Does …

smart toys

The gift that keeps giving away your data

If you unwrapped a shiny, new connected device this holiday season, it’s likely that you’re in the honeymoon stage, reaping many benefits from your new device. However, this …

IoT

The early IoT gets the worm

Five days after the start of World War I, Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, remarked to a close friend, “The lights are going out all over Europe, we shall not see …

robot

Building the IoT monster

When Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, she imagined the misguided doctor assembling his creature from dead body parts, who instead of elevating science, created something dark …

IoT

Democracy for the Internet of Things

In the past I’ve written a number of times on the way that the IoT potentially changes the relationship between governments and their constituents – and a profound change that …

city night

IoT-based DDoS attacks on the rise

Cybercriminal networks are increasingly taking advantage of lax Internet of Things device security to spread malware and create zombie networks, or botnets, unbeknownst to …