Technology is a beautiful thing, don’t get me wrong. There are so many technological advances we can credit with doing things such as improving our lives and prolonging our lifespans, but on the flip side to this, some technology we have is downright terrifying, in addition to being completely harmful.
Let’s take a look at 4 of the most terrifying technologies that currently exist right now.
It’s pretty safe to assume that any piece of technology can be hacked, and probably will be at some point (regardless of whether it’s yours or not). Your smart home is no exception.
By next year, the analyst firm Gartner anticipates that 20.4 billion smart home devices will be used by consumers. We’re already starting to see cases of devices we’re using for security being hacked, such as alarms, locks, and even baby monitors.
Computer scientists from The College of William & Mary recently released a study in which they outline smart home devices that can be hacked, and a lot of them you probably wouldn’t have thought twice about. Lightbulbs and smart plugs can even be hacked, and you definitely didn’t consider that, did you?
Smart home devices are essentially all controlled via one central app. If a hacker can get in there and switch your settings (which is conceivably in the realm of possibility), they can easily do things such as control your entire alarm system if it’s on the same network.
Anything on your smart home network can potentially communicate with another smart home device you have. If a hacker can access your WiFi network via your smart home devices, that’s just a whole new nightmare. They could even access your bank account or credit card information that you enter online if things go that far.
Since smart home devices are manufactured at scale, it’s not that difficult for someone to purchase a device, figure out how to hack it, and then go do that to anyone that owns the device. You kind of have to stop and think that anything you have on a smart home device could potentially be accessed by someone else, and decide if you feel comfortable or not with that.
DNA testing seems like all fun and games. You spit into a tiny tube, send it out, and discover a whole new world of connections or genetic predispositions you didn’t know about. Well, you’re not just giving away a little bit of spit when you hand this over to DNA testing companies….you’re also handing over your entire genetic code.
Companies promise up and down that they’re not just giving away this valuable information or selling it, but the reality is they can. And they do. That agreement you signed when you gave your sample away? I bet you didn’t read it all, let alone understand it. Regardless, companies don’t have to follow the agreements you sign, and the chances of you knowing that they never followed it are slim to none.
Now if you did sign, you’re giving these companies full permission to sell all the data surrounding your DNA to whatever third party they want to. Then it’s anyone’s guess what is being done to your personal information. 23andMe recently struck a $300 million dollar deal with GlaxoSmithKline in which they sold them genetic data from their consumers.
Let’s also just talk about the fact that these DNA testing companies can get hacked. Now all this precious data surrounding pretty much the most valuable thing you own (your DNA) can be shared with potentially anyone.
Drones are already used in a military capacity, and their overall increase in popularity is making it look like drone delivery is going to be pretty widely accepted and used quite soon.
Drones are also readily available to consumers, which is great if you just plan on flying them around to take amazing photos. Unfortunately, the ease of being able to purchase a drone means that people can use them for bad thing too, such as creating a weapon that can easily target a person or a group of different people.
YouTube recently came under fire for allowing videos to be posted on their platform that show how easy it is to assemble these kinds of killer drones. Paul Scharre, a former US Army Ranger and Pentagon defence expert told spoke to SunOnline about this very topic
“It’s a terrifying reality that we’re going to have to confront.”
“People can build simple autonomous weapons and carrier weapons for terrorist attacks from their garage.”
We’re all already pretty well aware that you can use your car as a deadly weapon, right? Well, things could potentially hit a whole new level now that hackers can access cars.
Bluetooth and even the internet are coming as standard options nowadays, and those two things are already hackable enough before you put them into vehicles.
The CIA has been looking into hacking cars, and WikiLeaks has said that if a hacker was able to take over your car and cause you to crash, nobody would really be able to detect that. In a statement, WikiLeaks said the following:
“As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks.”
“The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.”
The FBI has even issues a Public Service Announcement saying that:
“The analysis demonstrated the researchers could gain significant control over vehicle functions remotely by exploiting wireless communications vulnerabilities. While the identified vulnerabilities have been addressed, it is important that consumers and manufacturers are aware of the possible threats and how an attacker may seek to remotely exploit vulnerabilities in the future. Third party aftermarket devices with Internet or cellular access plugged into diagnostics ports could also introduce wireless vulnerabilities.”
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Bre is a female millennial go getter residing in New York. One part entrepreneur, one part geek, she obtained her degree in Textile/Surface Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology.
She has held some exciting roles in both fashion as a designer working for brands like Victoria’s Secret and Henri Bendel, as well as in ad tech working for publishers like Ziff Davis.
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