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The dangerous smart home

The smart home has taken down the internet. Like many people on the east coast yesterday, much of the internet was inaccessible to me for a good part of the morning and some of the afternoon. It turns out the culprit was the smart home devices that many of us have (including me) in our homes. We can now be affected by Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks by the products created to make life more convenient and safer. Thousands or millions of us may have inadvertently been responsible for taking down a chunk of the internet for many millions of people for numerous hours. This is frightening. If a single person (or possibly a small group of people) can write scripts that take over our smart homes in the background and launch state-level attacks against major internet backbone providers (like Dyn and their managed DNS service), what can an actual state-sponsored attack do? We all now, essentially, have the ability to bring portions of the internet to its knees using freely dist