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Ed. Note: For this recent iceberg-tip event, context is required if one is going to have a accurate assessment of the situation as it relates to the blazingly vulnerable “smart” grid and metering technology.
Recommended reading: Who Controls The Off-Switch (of “Smart” Meters) [pdf] by Ross Anderson and Shailendra Fuloria of the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory (2012).
From ANI on Z News, India
Hackers use connected home appliances to launch global cyberattack
Fell for the “smart” moniker? You’re not alone.

WASHINGTON: In the age of ‘Internet of Things’, connected appliances, including smart televisions and refrigerators, have reportedly helped in launching what is said to be a global cyberattack, a security firm has revealed.

Researchers at Proofpoint have discovered the ‘global cyberattack’ launched from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, televisions and refrigerators.

According to CNN, in what is said to be possibly the first proven cyberattack to originate from connected appliances, researchers have found that the attack occurred between December 23 and January 6 and features malicious e-mails targeting businesses and individuals worldwide.

Proofpoint said that the scam involved more than 750,000 e-mails from more than 100,000 appliances that had been commandeered by “thingbots,” or robotic programs that can be remotely installed on digital devices.

General manager of Proofpoint’s Information Security division, David Knight said that Bot-nets are already a major security concern and the emergence of thingbots may make the situation much worse.

He further explained that many of the connected appliances are poorly protected at best and consumers have virtually no way to detect or fix infections when they do occur.

The company also noted that connected appliances typically aren’t protected by anti-spam or anti-virus software, nor are they routinely monitored for security breaches and they didn’t require sophisticated hacks but the mere use of default passwords was enough to make them vulnerable.

Watch the documentary feature film exposing the worldwide “smart” grid agenda, and what you can do to be part of the greater solution:  www.takebackyourpower.net

Josh del Sol

Josh del Sol is host of the 2019 5G Crisis: Awareness & Accountability Summit, which has become the most-attended online summit ever in the wellness space. Josh also created Take Back Your Power, a documentary about 'smart' meters which won the AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year, the Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award, and a Leo Award for Best Feature Length Documentary. Josh is passionate about safe technology, human rights, consciousness, new energy technology, and fatherhood.

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  • In a dangerous world, we seem to be making ourselves more vulnerable to attack, not less. There are criteria any sane country would use before leaping toward ‘smart anything’. Safety has to be one of them. Otherwise, it is a question of time before we essentially have victimized ourselves.

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