RE: Hackers And Spambots Are Going After Your Fridges and Smart TVs Now People are so worried about hackers going after connected devices that nobody ever stops to ask if we actually need to have these devices connected to the net. Why does anyone need their refrigerator connected to the net??? So it can send you a text message when you're out of milk? Wouldn't you notice that when you emptied the milk bottle? Do you really need to be able to adjust the heat in your house from across town? Does it really take so long to make coffee that you need to be about to start the coffee maker from your phone before you get out of bed?
This is like the old monkey situation where the monkey reaches into a hole, grabs something to eat and then can't pull his hand out because his fist won't fit through the hole. The monkey isn't smart enough to see that he's creating the problem himself by keeping his fist closed.
Just like the monkey, people are grabbing on to these connected devices and refusing to let go, even when they see the negative consequences coming.
I know, let's install a computer-driven system that automatically unlocks your car, opens the driver's door and starts the engine when you approach it. I'm sure such a system won't cause any problems and if it does, we can slap some patch on it later. After all, isn't the monumentally huge convenience of not having to use a key worth the infinitesimally small risk that someone will steal your car?
In fact, let's install the same system in homes, so that the front door automatically unlocks and opens when you approach it. I'm sure criminals wouldn't take advantage of such a system and if they do, we can probably patch it later.