The real public outrage against hackers will finally start when the toast burns

You think I’m kidding, don’t you?   Until hacking affects each and every one of us, isolated incidences that happen to celebrities, companies or the odd journalists aren’t going to get the outrage they deserve.

And this is when the public will be at the hackers’ mercy:

You approach your front door and the lock slides open at a prompt from your phone.

Once inside your kitchen the coffee maker springs into action and the oven is flashing up a recipe for the evening meal.

It knows what food you have because it has just been talking – by wifi – to the equally ‘smart’ fridge.

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This vision of the future may seem far off but, according to Samsung, it is only two years away.

The electronics giant says that, by then, nine out of ten household appliances it makes will be internet- enabled and controlled by mobiles, tablets and voice commands.

And there you have it.

Internet connected homes.  Security, lighting, heating, food storage, food preparation.

You just wait when the first wave of hackers stuff that up.   The cries that will go out for the police and the government to ‘do something’ will reach a majestic crescendo.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone like Russel Norman had all his appliances hacked to be on, or turned way up, or down, every time he leaves the house?  Everything in the freezer is thawed, everything in the fridge frozen, all the lights and heating have been going full bore all day.

Wonder if Russel would want the government’s security services to come help him then?   Or will he still not want them to have the tools to combat hackers?   I think we’re all going to live long enough to see the result.

– Mail Online


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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