Android Phones: Precursor to the Internet of Things (IoT)

Graham Cluley does a great job in: Gaping hole in Android lets hackers break in with just your phone number! summarizing how easily your Android phone can be breached. Requirement? Knowing your phone number.

There is a lot of talk about the need for security for the Internet of Things (IoT) but talk isn’t going to keep you secure on the IoT.

Think about it for a moment, the same type of folks that brought you Three Mile Island, exploding Ford Pintos, Chernobyl, Bhopal, Fukushima Daiichi, and the myriad product recalls that litter the daily news, they are going to provide for your security on the IoT?

The time has come and past for liability for software/hardware that allows breaches of security. That is the one remedy that has not been imposed on the computer industry to force the production of more secure code.

If you want your car, SUV, motorcycle, computer, TV, freezer, refrigerator, etc. to be as easy to breach as your Android Phone, say nothing.

If you want some minimal amount of privacy/security in the IoT, call for liability for software/hardware security holes now!

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