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Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear
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Posted on 02/10/2019 6:38:37 PM PST by ameribbean expat

Your smart lightbulb is probably storing your wifi password in the clear, ready to be recovered by wily dumpster-divers; Limited Results discovered the security worst-practice during a teardown of a Lifx bulb; and that's just for starters: the bulbs also store their RSA private key and root passwords in the clear and have no security measures to prevent malicious reflashings of their ROMs with exploits, network probes and other nasties.

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TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: beseeingyou; bigbother; dimbulbs; globalwarminghoax; greennewdeal; ledbulbcolor; ledbulbs; ledlightbulbs; lightbulbs; passwords; privacy; privacyrights; smartbulbs; smartlightbulbs; technology; unintended; wifi
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1 posted on 02/10/2019 6:38:37 PM PST by ameribbean expat
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To: ameribbean expat

Pelosi’s fault.


2 posted on 02/10/2019 6:39:53 PM PST by Libloather (Trivial Pursuit question - name the first female to lose TWO presidential elections!)
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To: ameribbean expat

The Internet of Things: What could possibly go wrong?


3 posted on 02/10/2019 6:41:34 PM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: ameribbean expat

Can you translate that into readable English? “in the clear?”


4 posted on 02/10/2019 6:43:14 PM PST by Fungi
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To: ameribbean expat

How many Democrats does it take to screw-in a smart light-bulb?


5 posted on 02/10/2019 6:44:19 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Capitalism produces EVERYTHING Socialists/Communists/Democratic-Socialists wish to "redistribute.")
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To: Fungi

Unencrypted. Plain text.


6 posted on 02/10/2019 6:44:30 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Fungi

The security information is not stored encrypted. It’s straight text that anybody can read.


7 posted on 02/10/2019 6:44:52 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Capitalism produces EVERYTHING Socialists/Communists/Democratic-Socialists wish to "redistribute.")
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To: Fungi

“in the clear” means not encrypted. You can open and read it with Notepad or Word and any text editor.


8 posted on 02/10/2019 6:44:59 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: dfwgator

Internet Of Shit That Never Should Be On The Internet


9 posted on 02/10/2019 6:47:00 PM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: ameribbean expat

All my lightbulbs are Marie Harf lightbulbs.
They’re too stupid to know anything.


10 posted on 02/10/2019 6:47:41 PM PST by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: Billthedrill

Okay. What’s a smart bulb?

L


11 posted on 02/10/2019 6:47:57 PM PST by Lurker (Peaceful coexistence with the Left is not possible. Stop pretending that it is.)
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To: ameribbean expat

Fortunately we still have about 300 incandescent bulbs of various wattages (60, 70, 100) left... None of them cares about WIFI passwords...


12 posted on 02/10/2019 6:49:09 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is Sam Adams now that we desperately need him)
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Okay. What’s a smart bulb?

You can communicate by WiFi with it to turn it on and off and dim it, is my guess. Seems like overkill.

13 posted on 02/10/2019 6:51:20 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Capitalism produces EVERYTHING Socialists/Communists/Democratic-Socialists wish to "redistribute.")
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To: ameribbean expat

I still use flourescent bulbs — dumb bulbs — and have hundreds in storage w/ my prepper stuff on 27 5-tier shelves, in the basement.

No worries, here. I break them before throwing them away, too.


14 posted on 02/10/2019 6:52:40 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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To: ameribbean expat

What specific type bulb? CFL, LED, what? And by what link or connection would a light bulb in any room of my house record only passwords that are used on smart my phone or laptop in some other room in my house?


15 posted on 02/10/2019 6:53:24 PM PST by Tucker39 ("It ishttps://y impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible." George Washington)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

How? Does the bulb have a usb port to access the info? How does one get the info off the bulb?


16 posted on 02/10/2019 6:53:52 PM PST by Fungi
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To: ameribbean expat

Make a VPN to run the smart devices?


17 posted on 02/10/2019 6:54:33 PM PST by the_daug
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To: dfwgator
[T]he government of persons is replaced by the administration of things, and by the conduct of processes of production.

— Friedrich Engels, 1877
Just like this was destined to go wrong, everything patterned after it does as well.
18 posted on 02/10/2019 6:56:13 PM PST by Olog-hai ("No Republican, no matter how liberal, is going to woo a Democratic vote." -- Ronald Reagan, 1960)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Sounds like a lightbulb for insufferable people who like to brag about their lightbulbs ... along with everything else.


19 posted on 02/10/2019 6:58:19 PM PST by JennysCool
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To: Lurker; E. Pluribus Unum

That was my question.

I can turn on my own lightbulbs, thank you.

(I grew up having to actually get up off the couch to change the channel...)


20 posted on 02/10/2019 6:58:24 PM PST by Jamestown1630 ("A Republic, if you can keep it")
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