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Title: Weaponising a teddy bear
Author: Janina Ander
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 10:42:59 -0400
Link: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/weaponising-teddy-bear/

At primary school, I loved my Tamagotchi: it moved, it beeped, it was almost
like I could talk to it! Nowadays, kids can actually have conversations with
their toys, and some toys are IoT devices, capable of accessing online services
or of interacting with people via the Internet. And so to one of this week?s
news stories: using a Raspberry Pi, an eleven-year-old has demonstrated how to
weaponise a teddy bear[1]. This has garnered lots of attention, because he did
it at a cybersecurity conference in The Hague, and he used the Bluetooth
devices of the assembled experts to do it.

AFP news agency on Twitter[2]

Eleven-year-old ?cyber ninja? stuns security experts by hacking into their
bluetooth devices to manipulate teddy bear #InternetofThings
https://t.co/bx9kTbNUcT

Reuben Paul[3], from Texas, used a Raspberry Pi together with his laptop to
download the numbers of audience members? smartphones. He then proceeded to use
a Python program to manipulate his bear, Bob, using one of the numbers he?d
accessed, making him blink one of his lights and record an audio message from
the audience.

Reuben has quite of bit of digital making experience, and he?s very concerned
about the safety risks of IoT devices. ?IoT home appliances, things that can be
used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights, refrigerators, everything like
this that is connected can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us,? he
told AFP.

Apparently even his father, software security expert Mano Paul, was unaware of
just how unsafe IoT toys can be until Reuben ?shocked? him by hacking a toy
car.

Reuben is using his computer skills for good: he has already founded an
organisation[4] to educate children and adults about cybersecurity. Considering
that he is also the youngest Shaolin Kung Fu black belt in the US and
reportedly has excellent gymnastics skills, I?m getting serious superhero vibes
from this kid!

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And to think that the toys that were around when I was Reuben?s age could be
used for nothing more devious than distracting me from class?

The post Weaponising a teddy bear[6] appeared first on Raspberry Pi[7].

Links:
[1]: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/17/boy-11-hacks-cyber-security-audience-to-give-lesson-on-weaponisation-of-toys (link)
[2]: https://twitter.com/AFP/status/864618559372230657 (link)
[3]: https://twitter.com/RAPst4r (link)
[4]: http://www.cybershaolin.org/ (link)
[5]:
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[6]: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/weaponising-teddy-bear/ (link)
[7]: https://www.raspberrypi.org (link)

Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On 05/22/2017 07:05 PM, RS Wood wrote:

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We don't expect enough of children.  Reuben is clearly exceptional, but  
even "ordinary" children have far more capability than we give them  
credit for.

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Cheers, Bev
   "Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea:
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On 23/05/17 04:45, The Real Bev wrote:
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crap

Sigh. Yet more for the kill file



Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On Mon, 22 May 2017 20:45:48 -0700, The Real Bev wrote:

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Its partly nanny-statism now - a friend of mine and life-long model flyer  
was designing, building and flying F1C class competition models in his  
mid-late teens. These beasts span 2m+, weigh around 750g and have a 2.5cc  
motor on the front spinning a sharp composite prop and, even then,  
producing well over 0.3 HP, 225 watts at 24,000 rpm. I wonder how many of  
today's kids would be allowed anywhere near such a nice toy, let along be  
encouraged to learn how to build, operate and maintain one.


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martin@   | Martin Gregorie
gregorie. | Essex, UK
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On 05/23/2017 01:52 AM, Martin Gregorie wrote:
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Before my kids started school they could read.  At some point we gave my  
son a chemistry set (remember back in the dark ages when there were real  
CHEMICALS in them?).  He made gunpowder!  Not much, of course, but still...

I guess that shows that humans are intrinsically destructive.  Or that  
they just like loud noises :-)

I'm always pleased when I see little kids skiing, riding motorcycles,  
playing instruments, etc.  SOME parents are doing it right!

--  
Cheers, Bev
   "As a mortician I always tie the shoelaces of the dead together.
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
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It's difficult not to worry about our children more than our parents
worried about us when this can happen two miles from here
http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/manchester-arena-bombing-live-attack-13075807


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Graham.
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On Tue, 23 May 2017 20:39:27 +0100

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Things like this have been happening everywhere for years and years.
Nowadays it's just more medialized.

--  
Andy K


Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On 23/05/17 21:00, Andy K. wrote:
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You are simply beyond belief.

Ostrich, head, meet sand



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?it should be clear by now to everyone that activist environmentalism  
(or environmental activism) is becoming a general ideology about humans,  
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On Tue, 23 May 2017 21:07:54 +0100,
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Oh? Consider the book, "Days of Rage"

http://www.npr.org/2015/04/05/396359930/explosive-protests-u-s-bombings-during-days-of-rage

    In the early 1970s thousands of bombings were taking place
    throughout the country [Note:USofA] ? sometimes up to five a
    day. They were targeted protests, carried out by a multitude
    of radical activist groups: The Weather Underground, the
    Symbionese Liberation Army, the FALN, the Black Liberation
    Army.

--  
Consulting Minister for Consultants, DNRC
I can please only one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On Wed, 24 May 2017, I R A Darth Aggie wrote:

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I just saw a quote like that recently.  I am surprised by the count, from  
what I'd read previously, it did happen but not that many.

I certainly remember a time when bomb threats were common, but there  
seemed to be an assumption that when it happened at school (and it did),  
it was someone wanting to get out of a class for some reason.

But yes, I didn't know it at the time, but we had various bombing  
incidences here, some not from where I lived as a kid, that was the early  
to mid sixties.  By the time I knew about it, 1970, they'd moved on to  
kidnappings.  And of course, in Europe, there were lots of bombings and  
kidnappings.

   Michael


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On 24/05/17 20:20, I R A Darth Aggie wrote:
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strange how 'for years and years' becomes ' years and years ago' when  
you realise you have made a false claim.


--  
"Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They  
always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them"

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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On 05/23/2017 12:39 PM, Graham. wrote:
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My parents worried about polio, a more likely threat than The Atomic  
Bomb, which was in the back of people's minds.  You just can't worry  
about things that are rare and unpredictable unless you're willing to  
change your lifestyle significantly -- move out to the hinterland away  
from terrorists, tornadoes, earthquakes etc...  Well, I guess tornadoes  
are fairly predictable, at least within certain areas, but that's what  
storm cellars are for.

I worry more about what kind of jobs there will be to provide today's  
high-schoolers with self-sufficiency, much less the ability to support a  
home and family.

--  
Cheers, Bev
   "If anyone disagrees with anything I  say, I am quite prepared
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Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
On Tue, 23 May 2017, Graham. wrote:


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Yes, it's different when you become responsible for children.  When I  
spent time with the young daughter of a friend thirty years ago, I was  
always worried that something would happen.  But I decided I'd just make the  
effort.  So when she got interested in stairs, wanting to go up and down  
them endlessly, I wouldnt' stop her.  I'd just be on a lower stair, so if  
she fell, I could catch her.  I let her explore, I just explored with her,  
rather than sit on a bench and hope she'd be okay.  Maybe not the same  
thing as "running wild" but this was starting when she was a couple of  
years old.

I remember later, and I can't remember how old she was, we were at the  
playground, she climbed to the top of the climbing bars, and looked at me.  
She was waiting for permission.  And then she jumped.  She was fine, and I  
wasn' worried because she wasn't fooling around, and she was being  
careful.  if she'd been with friends, I'd worry that she was taking a  
chance based on their expectations of her.

Parents have to protect children, because they are small.  But the  
children grow up.  Parents need to leave an invisible shield to provide  
some protection, and some of that is by way of trusting the children at  
some point.

There is always doubt, what if something happens.  But being fearful of  
the world is also not a good situation either.

   Michael


Re: [CM] a weaponized teddy bear and a warning about IoT
Graham.  wrote:


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Well, I don't know about the UK, but 1n the late 1800's to early 1900's, the  
US had a BIG problem with the "anarchists".  Never understood their mindset,  
if they wanted less government invervention, throwing bombs all over the  
place was CERTAIN to bring MORE intervention.

And, the UK had a lot of trouble with Nazi bombing and then the IRA  
troubles.  So, it is not like this kind of stuff has never happened before.
I do hope this is not the new normal, however!

Jon

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Children are born completely logical.  It takes twenty years to
beat this out of them.

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