Krebs on Security booted off Akamai network after DDoS attack proves pricey

Eliot Lear lear at
Wed Sep 28 07:33:07 UTC 2016

It's not just consumers that need to understand this.  Manufacturers of
Things are right now on a steep learning curve.  Consider that
thermostat, for just a moment.  In The Gold Old Days, before it had a
network interface, the manufacturer cared about a handful of things like
at what temperature to turn the heat or A/C on maybe with some
adjustments for time of day or day or week.  And that was it.  That is
their domain of expertise.  Not security.

Now the Internet looks like a new shiny object that promises to provide
some cool new world capabilities, like letting people adjust the temp
while they're away, or using weather forecasts to manage hysteresis
effects.  And so, the manufacturer initially thinks, we'll add an
interface to the product, and a little bit of code, and we're done.  Now
the manufacturer has stepped outside their domain of expertise, and
doesn't have a full understanding of the risks that need to be
addressed.  We as experts in this domain can help by informing
manufacturers of those risks.


On 9/27/16 6:05 PM, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
> On Sep 27, 2016, at 11:49 AM, Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at> wrote:
>> On 27 Sep 2016, at 22:37, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
>>> All the more reason to educate people TODAY on why having vulnerable devices is a Very Bad Idea.
>> Yes, but how do they determine that a given device is vulnerable?
> Easy: Can you ping it? It’s vulnerable.
> :-)
> Hey, I said we would have to educate them. I did not say how that would happen.

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