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When I arrived at my office, I turned on my lights and computer. When I was eating, I put the food that I brought to work in a refrigerator under my desk. During my work day, I interacted with many people in my air-conditioned, high-technology office environment. My cellular telephone was never far away. The view from my office window of the was pleasant. My computer interfaced with our distant data centers and the world at large via the Internet. When my workday was finished, I rode the bus home. In the winter, the furnace is programmed to stop functioning when my wife and I leave for work, and comes on soon before we arrive home, so we never experienced a cold house. In the evening, we might watch a movie on a DVD on our wide-screen plasma TV. When I am not fasting, I usually eat dinner, with the food in my refrigerator usually purchased at a that has an enormous produce section, with food grown locally and imported from as far away as New Zealand, China, and Israel. We have a high-tech kitchen, with a “smart” stove, refrigerator, and other appliances.
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Outstanding article Bruce!; if only to try and get people to think more realistically about the Internet of Corruptible Things.
Much of what you say doesn't just apply to the Internet, but in many respects wider security in the real world.
The commonly held belief that all technology, and particularly 'state of the art' technology, is through evolution in some way more able to provide enhanced levels of security and safety, unfortunately overlooks many basic security principles which have been known and understood for so many decades ( if not centuries!).
An interesting discussional point relates to the issue of governance versus self regulation. On this side of the pond, "soft touch" regulation is very much de rigeur, but unfortunately it just doesn't really work.
Where technical and operational improvements need to be made, something that could have been achieved in a reasonable time frame, ends up taking an eternity ( if ever) by which time the original problem has morphed into an absolute monster, with little if any chance of bringing it back in to check.
If major industry players were mindful to pool resources and create a security alliance, I would imagine tangible progress could be made quite quickly, but historically that's not even been on the table.
No doubt the obvious difficulty in terms of reliance on a government agency taking a lead role, is the real world is full of governments, and few if any are in any fit shape to take on internet based criminality within the scale and sophistication that has recently been demonstrated. That said, it's perhaps not unreasonable to assume that as bad as some recent incidents have been, they may well pale into insignificance if more concerted, destructive and debilitating attacks are unleashed by those with the most motivation and resources.
Doing nothing is not an option worthy of consideration, but quite how "deeply concerned" politicians and civil servants can be persuaded to wake up and see where we're at, and how we managed to get here, is going to be somewhat challenging ... to put it mildly.
Doktor Jon - The CCTV Improvement Project - London U.K.