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The Spamming Refrigerator 90

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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  • So guys... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Mashiki ( 184564 ) <> on Saturday January 18, 2014 @09:42AM (#45997783) Homepage

    Still think that hooking everything up to the intertubes is a great idea? I can't wait to see what happens with all those home alarms systems that are getting hooked up this way as well.

  • by Toe, The ( 545098 ) on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:11AM (#45997925)

    Does seems like a bit of a disconnect that we're worried about the electronic security of our net-connected fridges when much of the world is more concerned with the existence of food, let alone what device it goes into let alone how well that device monitors the rfid chips of each bit of it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 18, 2014 @10:13AM (#45997933)

    I wish I could go back in time to 2005. I wish I could. I would warn the world about Ruby on Rails. I would warn the world about JavaScript. I would warn the world about the hipsters who come preaching those shitty, shitty "technologies". I would warn the world about the destruction these freaks would bring to our industry.

    Would anyone listen? I don't know. Intelligent people probably would. They can inherently sense the stupidity of hipsters, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails, even without seeing them in action. But even if nobody listened, at least I could sleep knowing that I tried my best; that I wasn't complacent.

    Hipsters and their web fanaticism has caused so much trouble. Website design is utter shit today (just look at the Slashdot beta website for proof of this). All sorts of devices are now "web-enabled" for no good reason at all, with disturbing consequences. Personal and private data harvesting is at an all-time high. Hipsters killed the GNOME desktop project with their half-assed GNOME 3 release.

    I wish I could say that I'm an old man, screaming at the kids to "get off my lawn". But I'm just in my 30s! The computing industry truly has been destroyed so quickly by these hipsters, it's quite unbelievable.

    I feel immense shame for not having noticed the hipster plague earlier. I feel self disappointment for not having spoken out sooner. It didn't have to come to this.

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