Some people dream of a high tech home that is perfectly catered to them in every way, and finally that is becoming a possibility. There is a danger to this dream however, as smart homes are not always as benevolent as you would hope. All of those digital appliances that are hooked up to the internet have the capability to collect very personal data concerning your daily habits, and your ISP has the right to sell whatever data it slurps up from those devices. Everyone has pretty much accepted things like browsing history and other records from personal computers and phones are often sold to third parties, but smart homes are even more invasive. If you have a security camera installed in your home, videos are fair game for sharing with third parties. Some smart TVs are equipped with a microphone that’s always on, meaning it has the potential to record random conversations that happen even when you’re not watching television. It’s invasive enough to think random advertisers are peaking into your personal life to such a degree. However, it’s even scarier to wonder what happens if parts of a smart home are hacked. In the wrong hands, someone could figure out when you’re not home, listen in on private conversations, or even catch you naked on your security camera.
In 1999, a 15 year old going by the code name C0mrade cracked a password that allowed him into NASA’s network, stealing $1.7 million in software and breaking into the Pentagon weapons computer system along the way. NASA shut down its computers for almost a month, and Jonathan James (his real name) became the youngest person to be incarcerated for cybercrime.
It started with hackers stealing a single password from a Home Depot vendor, and it ended with the exposure of 56 million credit cards and 53 million email accounts. Hackers used a vulnerability in Microsoft to jump from the vendor to Home Depot’s database. Code lurked there undetected for five months while quietly gathering information.
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A very early iteration of the site displayed a header image featuring a man’s face obscured behind binary code. The identity of the man could not be seen clearly, but it later came to light that the face was that of acclaimed actor Al Pacino.
People are increasingly becoming addicted to their smartphones. According to an article on psychology today, 40% of the American population suffers from this addiction. On top of this, 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from Nomophobia, i.e. the fear of being without a smartphone. Moreover, the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits estimated that 12% of the users use their phones while they are in the shower.
Considered one of the greatest games of all time, Diablo is an action role-playing hack and slash classic known for its groundbreaking online play. Using Battle.net, an online service, players joined forces over the internet to play Diablo. Modern MMOs like World of Warcraft are direct descendants of Diablo. And 20 years after its debut, you can still play Diablo online. It’s the longest supported online game, ever.
Common wireless router can transmit their radio waves at a range of about 30m (100ft) which should be far enough to give you a strong signal in the next room, right? Radio waves can pass through most of all materials (walls, floors) but can experience issues with materials that conduct electricity. Our bodies can conduct electricity due to the amount of water fluid inside of us. Just us standing there can cause interference with the radio waves transmitted by the wireless router. However, the WiFi technology has the ability to be transmitted over much further distances. The Swedish Space Agency transmitted a wireless signal for the first time over a distance of 310 km in 2002. It was not the ordinary wireless router that you have sitting in your house but instead they used a high-power amplifier with 6 watts power output. Furthermore, they had no walls between transmitter and receiver. Nonetheless, it was a great achievement for the technology back then.
The early predecessor of WiFi was launched in Hawaii in 1979. The ALOHAnet was a computer networking system that allowed the first public demonstration of a wireless packet data network. Just like any other product launch, the timing is very important nevertheless how advanced the technology may be. It took 20 years before AT&T Corporation and NCR Corporation developed WaveLAN, which is now being considered the true predecessor of WiFi unlike the ALOHAnet. Following after, the IEEE 802.11 wireless protocol has been released.
Opening up Wi-Fi connections on a wireless router for neighbors to use – the practice sometimes called “piggybacking” – might sound like a harmless and friendly gesture, but some Internet providers forbid it as part of their service contracts. Depending on local laws, router owners may also be liable for any illegal activity others engage in while piggybacking, even if they are uninvited guests.