Wired reports that google, which controls 40% of the world’s Internet traffic, and which has formed an unholy alliance with the NSA, just bought Nest for $3.2 billion. Nest is a company that makes smart thermostats and smoke alarms.
As Wired wrote, this will be a “persistent physical presence” in your home. We can’t turn it off like we would our phone or computer.
Google’s mission is to categorize the world’s information and now its apparently going to creep on us in our homes.
One problem with the Internet of Things (IoT) is that it gives cyber attackers a new front. A Forbes report said that security-as-a-service provider Proofpoint has just experienced its first global cyber attack. “The global attack campaign involved more than 750,000 malicious email communications coming from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator that had been compromised and used as a platform to launch attacks” the company announced yesterday in a press release.”
One day, you might be cyber attacked by your appliances though I’m sure google will do a better job of security than the government is doing with healthcare.gov.
Do you trust google with your home data? Is it time to become a bitter clinger and retire to the woods with our bible and our guns?