Given all the recent terrorist attacks by Daesh and their brethren, I was looking for an angle for MISO that had some legs. In my ‘day’ job at TAL Global Corporation in addition as serving as General Counsel, I’m the technology guy. This means that I manage data forensics investigations and integrate technology into investigations (e.g. covert video) when it makes sense under the circumstances.
I’m also the proud owner of a new vehicle that sends me more e-mail than my younger son. Consequently, he Internet of Things (IoT) seemed like a logical topic.
For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, the IoT is connecting of formerly independent devices such as your car, TV, refrigerator, home thermostat, etc to the Internet. You can find out more at: https://www.wired.com/2015/12/2015-the-year-the-internet-of-things-got-hacked/
A good example of how the IoT can create a PSYACT is show on the video in the link for this posting’s photo (http://www.secureworldexpo.com/criminals-are-going-high-tech-and-driving-away-stolen-cars?utm_source=SW+Post+July+7%2C+2016&utm_campaign=SW+Post%3A+July+7%2C+2016&utm_medium=email).
The article and the video show a proof of concept of how it is possible to take over a target’s car remotely. While the temptation might be to turn that opportunity into a more lethal operation, combining the control of an automobile with a video message would seem to be a pretty good way to get someone’s attention.
Of course, this is probably a tactic you could only use once on a target because they would be pretty stupid if they did not increase the physical security of their vehicle after such an incident, but perhaps once is enough.
Reader input encouraged!