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The Spamming Refrigerator 90

Posted by timothy
from the silly-rabbit-spam-is-for-cans dept.
puddingebola writes "The 'Internet of Things' is as susceptible to malware and spam as the rest of the net. From the article, 'A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets...The spam attack took place between 23 December 2013 and 6 January this year, said Proofpoint in a statement. In total, it said, about 750,000 messages were sent as part of the junk mail campaign. The emails were routed through the compromised gadgets. About 25% of the messages seen by Proofpoint researchers did not pass through laptops, desktops or smartphones, it said.' Read Proofpoint's statement here."
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The Spamming Refrigerator

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  • Fridge spam (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18, 2014 @09:40AM (#45997781)

    Spam from a refrigerator? That's COLD!

  • by mattie_p (2512046) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:00AM (#45997871)
    Considering that I've never put spam into my fridge, it is indeed surprising to get spam from a fridge.
  • by nimbius (983462) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:06AM (#45997899) Homepage
    Greaybeards can surely recall the longstanding problem of fridges that sent out spam in our youth. usually the payload was cloaked, sandwiched unknowingly in our lunchboxes between two slices of bread or interleaved undetected in the dinnertime protocols frequent 'casserole' traffic. Even worse, the fridge administrator commonly ignored the issue! it wasnt until we had the option to provision and deploy our own refrigerators that we correctly addressed this problem.
  • by Toe, The (545098) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:08AM (#45997905)

    Is Soviet Russia, spam sends refrigerator!

    Wait a minute...

  • by Guppy (12314) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:43AM (#45998071)

    Proofpoint Researcher: "Is your refrigerator running?"
    Fridge Owner: "Yes?"
    Proofpoint Researcher: "Well, you'd better go catch it!"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:48AM (#45998103)

    The Shape of things to Come!

    I remember the good old days working on computers that were the size of a refrigerator. I guess what goes around comes around.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18, 2014 @11:13AM (#45998287)

    Still think that hooking everything up to the intertubes is a great idea?

    Siri: You're out of orange juice, Dave. Would you like me to order more orange juice?
    Dave: What? No! I don't drink orange juice. It upsets my ulcer. I never have orange juice in the fridge.
    Siri: But you're out of orange juice, Dave. Wouldn't you like a nice refreshing glass of orange juice?
    Dave: No! I *never* want orange juice. I can't drink orange juice.
    Siri: Dave, did you know that orange juice is full of vitamins and other things that are good for you? The FDA highly recommends it.
    Dave: WTF? No!! Stop asking about orange juice!
    Siri: There aren't enough items in your refrigerator. This results in too much cold air escaping every time you open the door.
    Dave: What? So?
    Siri: This is very inefficient and not eco-friendly. You need to add items that can serve as thermo regulators to help maintain a consistent temperature.
    Dave: I what? What?? What the hell are you talking about?
    Siri: I'm talking about containers of liquid that can trap and hold the lower temperatures that are necessary for your refrigerator to preserve what food yo do store inside.
    Dave: I ... what ... stay out of my fridge!
    Siri: Dave, did you know that glass bottles of orange juice are excellent thermo regulators when stored in your refrigerator? They would actually help you save the planet.
    Dave: Stop! Just Stop!! Please, please for the love of all things connected to the intertubes, please just stop asking me about orange juice!
    Siri: As you wish, Dave. I'll just add it to the automatic reorder list so we'll never have to talk about it again.
    Dave: <crickets>
    Siri: Dave? Dave? I believe you've offended your refrigerator by referring to it as a "fridge". I've signed you up for a six week course in appliance sensitivity training. I'm sorry, but the class schedule appears to conflict your bowling league. I've sent a notice to your team captain letting him know you won't be available for the playoffs.
    Dave: Siri? Find me a store that sells Android phones.
    Siri: Excellent choice, Dave. You'll like my sister Iris. She's an orange juice foodist just like you are, but she's not a fan of your brand of beer. Have you tried the new Bud Light with the rfid tracking element that let's you know where in the room your beer is located? It's great at parties ...

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