That's a big business that’s only getting bigger.According to Gartner, the Internet of Things — a collection of everything from Internet-connected cars to webcams — included nearly 5 billion gadgets last year.
A new bot scam on Tinder is tapping into users’ desire to become “verified” on the popular dating service – a process that people believe would allow them to confirm their identity, and legitimize their account for the purposes of trust and safety.
According a recent report from security researchers at Symantec, scammers are now using verification as a lure to sign up people to fake “safe dating” websites.
With these devices, however, it's buyer beware.
That's because low-cost security cameras can sometimes be a window letting hackers into your home."Cheap webcams are mostly from untrusted sources, without any protection or very limited protection,” says Steven Chen, CEO of PFP Cybersecurity, a company that provides early warning security services for all sorts of Internet-connected devices and services companies.
Welcome to the future, where you can face search for a live sex webcam performer and be served real-life humans to your telescreen who vaguely resemble the object of your desire within, well, hours depending on how busy the site’s servers are.
(The rush of tech reporters trying to satisfy their appetite to see who their own live sex ‘doppelganger’ might be yesterday clearly put a strain on Megacams.me‘s backend after it announced the new feature.On a ‘normal’ day the wait time is, presumably, more likely to be minutes.) The Belgian company behind the live sex search site is not disclosing which tech giant’s algorithms it is using to power the face search feature, given the adult use-case and the latter’s evident lack of desire to be associated with porn.But Tech Crunch understands the API in question belongs to Microsoft — namely its Cognitive Services (née Project Oxford) visual image recognition APIs, and specifically its Face API which lets developers add the ability to detect human faces and compare similar ones, organize people into groups according to visual similarity, and identify previously tagged people in images.CNN called Shodan the “scariest search engine on the Internet” in its April 8, 2013 story. While that was three years ago, Shodan has expanded quite a bit since then.For those of you who are still unfamiliar with it, Shodan searches for internet-connected devices across the world.If you’re trying it out for the first time, use that as your first search and see what comes up.