Wednesday, June 29, 2022

How Hackers Use Your Light Bulbs to Attack Computer Networks Around the World

How Hackers Use Your Light Bulbs to Attack Computer Networks Around the World

On this episode of Yet Another Bitcoin Podcast, we discuss a number of ways companies, governments and individuals are invading your digital privacy.

Also read: Terrorists Move Funds Using Gift Cards, Not Bitcoin

It’s no secret that many people want to hack you and steal your data or turn your computer into a malware zombie. But it’s always scary to know how easy it is to get infected, and how deep the hackers can actually get into your private data.

Even if it’s scary, though, you need to know about it so you can protect yourself. That’s why hosts Tyson O’Ham and Jon Southurst got into the most recent privacy news on the show.

Microsoft Snooping and IoT Hackers

Microsoft commands the largest group of technology-using consumers in the world. Having such influence puts them in the spotlight, and they have constantly faced criticism over the amount of personal information they collect through the Windows operating system.

This data collection stepped up exponentially with the release of Windows 10. In the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system, almost everything gets collected — likely even keystrokes.

Microsoft hackers

While Microsoft attempted to be more transparent about its telemetry practices with the Creator Update, our host Tyson O’Ham still isn’t happy with the company’s data collection.

Moving on, Tyson and Jon discussed the poor security present in Internet of Things (IoT) devices. With such bad out-of-the-box security, IoT devices have become a hotbed of easy computing power for hackers building botnets.

That’s right, hackers can hijack your “smart” lightbulbs and use them to DDoS major corporations, or mine bitcoin for financial gain.

How do we stop this from happening? Well, Tyson says the best solution is to get rid of IoT altogether. That’s why he loves malware that permanently bricks most IoT devices once they get infected.

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Oh yeah, and of course the guys talked about Bitcoin. Specifically, Jon’s experience using the digital currency in a small Japanese town called Tokyo.

To find out why Tyson loves IoT malware, and whether or not Tokyo’s Bitcoin scene is as good as it seems, listen to the latest episode of Yet Another Bitcoin Podcast.

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