Episode 82: IoT botnets and the Nucleus intercom review

Security was the big topic this week after a massive botnet comprised of connected devices disrupted many popular internet services. I hated the thought of all connected devices coming under attack, so I wrote a bit about the realities of IoT security here and also here. As part of my effort to understand what was going on I interviewed Andy Ellis, Akamai’s chief security officer about what happened last week, why it matters and the challenges of making people pay for security.

Three Nucleus devices costs $600.
Three Nucleus devices costs $600.

Kevin Tofel and I mentioned security but then dove into a discussion of the new HomeKit-enabled Bluetooth light switch from Elgato, the new tricks from the Amazon Echo and a few chip stories. ARM launched an IoT cloud service, while Intel launched a new Atom chip. Then Kevin shared a convenient home automation that makes his family feel safer, and I review the Nucleus video intercom platform. It’s a fun show.

Hosts: Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel
Guest: Andy Ellis, CSO at Akamai
Sponsors: ARM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Where do we stand on Bluetooth lights?
  • Things are getting weird in the chip world
  • The Nucleus is a good devices for low-tech homes or people
  • Learn the one devices that may enhance your IoT security
  • The internet of things has an externalities challenge

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Stacey Higginbotham

I am a journalist who has covered technology for over a decade at publications such as Fortune, PCMag, Gigaom, The Deal and BusinessWeek.

One thought on “Episode 82: IoT botnets and the Nucleus intercom review”

  1. Hi Stacey,
    I live in Brisbane, Australia.
    I have been listening to your pod casts which I find very informative but do you have a question for you concerning WAP’s.
    Some background: My house requires 3 WAP’s just to ensure coverage. (Lots of old plastered archways with accompanying metal mesh inserts that kill wireless signal)
    I have an AirPort Extreme and 2 AirPort Express WAP’s connected via Cat5E.
    I recently purchased 30 LifeX bulbs as I did not wish to introduce another wireless network to my house by purchasing Phillips Hue and their hub.
    My understanding was that I would need repeaters for the Philips wireless network as well.
    I recently heard you say that you had been using LifeX but swapped recently to Phillips Hue when they brought out their turquoise enabled bulb upgrades.
    So do you currently have numerous wireless systems running through your house with multiple WAP’s or are they all combined into using one solitary wireless network?
    Why did you swap away from LifeX?
    Cheers, Thomas

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