Technology advances very fast today, and in so many instances, technology developers are in such a big hurry that they often slack on the security elements of their gadgets. Whether it’s software in a phone or in a pager, if it has networking capabilities, there is a good chance somebody can hack into it and mess with you.
There is literally no way to fully secure a networking device in our digital lives. Even some of the computers that you use in your life you never thought was possible to hack before, are hackable. Avi Rubin, a Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the JHU Information Security Institute explains in the video above that dangerous situations are possible with today’s modern gadgets. More dangerous than hacking a computer or a phone, technology that we depend on such as heart monitors, voting booths, or automobiles have vulnerabilities that hackers have been able to exploit. Yes, your freakin car can be completely taken over… wirelessly.
Avi’s primary research area is Computer Security, and his latest research focuses on security for electronic medical records. He’s also credited for bringing to light vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines, and he published a book on his experiences in 2006 since this video was recorded.
Technology within our daily life has become so integrated that problems are easy to understand, but sometimes difficult to imagine. Too many people fail to defend themselves from such malicious threats because they don’t know they exist, or think there is no way it can happen to them. As our devices become more advanced by the day, we must insist on putting, above all else, the security of users first in our minds.
After seeing this, I’m not really all that upset that we got hacked before. Seems easy to understand now.