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  1. Christopher Roberts
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    Lets just hope nobody hacks my heating!

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    1. jonny hankins
      jonny hankins at |

      Well the thing is they could, if they really wanted.

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  2. Luke@Top 100 Experiences

    It’s a bit worrying really. I wonder if the large government organisations and companies will act quickly enough to secure this sort of thing. Government tends to move VEEEERY slowly here (Australia, though I’m sure it’s the same everywhere).

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    1. Christopher Roberts
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      Depends how big a threat they perceive the project to be I suppose Luke.

      Thanks for the comment, welcome to Technology Bloggers community :-)
      Christopher – Admin Team

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      1. Luke@Top 100 Experiences

        Thanks Christopher.

        Even if this project didn’t exist, the reality of the security risk still exists!

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        1. jonny hankins
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          Yes, but it might be more difficult to find.

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    2. jonny hankins
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      Regulation is always a slow affair. If we are interested in lessening these types of threats we need to create a culture during their development. There is talk of privacy and responsibility by design. I am not convinced that it can work though, but a bit of thought about the ethics of what we are developing would not go amiss.

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  3. Neil@Graphic Design Sydney

    I can’t see a lot of positive uses however I think it would be extremely difficult to regulate against this type of search engine. I also don’t know of too many people who password protect devices that are attached to their router. Hopefully Christopher has put a decent password on his heating system.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Remind me why I wrote a series, on the internet for all to see, in which I disclosed that I have a remote heating control system, and then why did I allow Jonny to post an article pointing people to a search engine where they can find the details to hack it!

      Silly me ;-)

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      1. jonny hankins
        jonny hankins at |

        At least you have a common name!

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        1. Christopher Roberts
          Christopher Roberts at |

          I suppose :-)

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  4. JasonCanon@internet security

    Shodan looks like yet another U.S.Government funded project that serves multiple purposes. First, its a great idea to help companies and governments who have inadequate security personnel to easily identify the threats that hackers have always been able to identify. Hopefully, if organizations can identify the threats they can better protect their resources. Second, this type of search engine will attract all of the newby or rookie level hacker wannabe folks who will unknowingly be providing their IP addresses and areas of interest to governments and law enforcement agencies who are the intended recipients of this data. The government is still using the old “fly to honey” attractions to find the bad guys.

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    1. Christopher Roberts
      Christopher Roberts at |

      Interesting that you feel a government might be behind the site Jason. We don’t censor comments (from views, but we do for language/abuse) so you are perfectly free to express your opinion.

      I had a quick search using Shodan, just out of interest, as a blogger, wanting to better understand the site – does that mean they are onto me? Lets hope not! In your eyes, have I done something wrong?

      Thanks for the interesting comment Jason, welcome to the Technology Bloggers community :-)
      Christopher

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      1. JasonCanon@internet security

        Christopher,

        Of course you did nothing wrong. Being associated with a government does not automatically mean CIA :-) Like you said, its just my opinion and nothing more.

        I equally don’t view the site as a “black hat” site. Truly, it is a really needed/beneficial site that hopefully will help secure our electrical power and other utility systems as well as benefit the corporate sector.
        Jason

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  5. Nishadha@Diagramming Blog

    I wouldn’t call this responsible innovation, that’s for sure. But if someone is intent on doing something harmful I guess there are plenty of other ways for them to find out these things. With the popularity of Shodan maybe people will be more aware of such a threat and take measures to prevent them.

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    1. jonny hankins
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      So you think Shodan might lead to an imporovement in Internet security? You might be right but I am convinced that a hacker will always get in if he or she really wants to.

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      1. Nishadha@Diagramming Blog

        Not necessarily an improvement in Internet security, but more an improvement of awareness of the dangers. I agree that a highly skilled tracker can easily hack into most systems, but sites like these encourage the average hacker to create havoc.

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