The Coolest Hacks of 2017 [Inspirational Reading for 2018]

The Coolest Hacks of 2017 by Kelly Jackson Higgins.

From the post:

You’d think by now with the pervasiveness of inherently insecure Internet of Things things that creative hacking would be a thing of the past for security researchers. It’s gotten too easy to find security holes and ways to abuse IoT devices; they’re such easy marks.

But our annual look at the coolest hacks we covered this year on Dark Reading shows that, alas, innovation is not dead. Security researchers found intriguing and scary security flaws that can be abused to bend the will of everything from robots to voting machines, and even the wind. They weaponized seemingly benign systems such as back-end servers and machine learning tools in 2017, exposing a potential dark side to these systems.

So grab a cold one from your WiFi-connected smart fridge and take a look at seven of the coolest hacks of the year.

“Dark side” language brings a sense of intrigue and naughtiness. But the “dark side(s)” of any system is just a side that meets different requirements. Such as access without authorization. May not be your requirement but it may be mine, or your government’s.

Let’s drop the dodging and posing as though there is a common interest in cybersecurity. There is no such common interest nor has there even been one. Governments want backdoors, privacy advocates, black marketeers and spies want none. Users want effortless security, while security experts know security ads are just short of actionable fraud.

Cybersecurity marketeers may resist but detail your specific requirements. In writing and appended to your contract.

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