The Internet of Garbage Things

Presented at Kiwicon 9: Cyberwar Is Hell (2015), Dec. 10, 2015, 9:30 a.m. (15 minutes)

The Internet of Things was obviously going to be an utter screaming disaster as companies who made shitty embedded devices decided to (a) put them on the internet and (b) put them inside your home. But (spoiler) it's actually pretty much worse than you might imagine. We'll go over a bunch of devices with a range of hilariously dreadful security flaws, ranging from baby monitors to coffee machines, and culminating in an attack that threatens the very core of the American Dream. Is US democracy itself put at risk by shoddy embedded development? Could cyberterrorists destroy what Americans hold most dear? (Dear Department of Homeland Security: the above is hyperbole please don't seize us at the border)


  • Paul McMillan
    Paul McMillan works on security for clouds and open source projects. When he's not breaking the internet at scale, he enjoys cocktails and photography.
  • Matthew Garrett / mjg59 as Matthew "mjg59" Garrett
    Matthew Garrett cracked his Blu-ray player so he could watch a copy of Hackers from the wrong region. Now he's able to ssh into his light switches. He's a security developer at CoreOS, which still confuses him because all his actual qualifications are in fruitfly dissection.


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