Internet of Things?

So I see this…

North Korea’s embarrassing missile launch failure may have been caused by US cyber attack

THE US may have sabotaged Kim Jong-un’s missile test yesterday through a cyber-attack causing the rocket to spectacularly flop, according to a former British foreign secretary.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind claims American intelligence has used cyber warfare to successfully foil missile tests before and that there is a “strong belief” that President Trump’s administration was behind North Korea’s latest failed launch.

…which brings to mind this.

The easy way your “smart” coffee machine could get hacked and ruin your life
We saw the power of IoT vulnerabilities come to light during the recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) bot-infected attack against the domain-name service provider Dyn. This DDoS attack knocked out a number of the internet’s most popular websites including Netflix, Twitter, Pinterest, and Spotify.

Most of the speculation I’m hearing about the possible attack on the missile seems to assume a cyber attack via the Internet. Color me doubtful. In a time of Stuxnet attacks, would North Korea really have their top secret missile or nuke programs connected to the Internet?

Assuming US interference, I think more conventional electronic countermeasures (spoofing guidance or even the range safety package) is more likely than some hacker getting in and installing malware that goes undetected and only screws with the missile after launch. Not impossible, but less likely than ECM.

And I really don’t think the missile itself was Internet-enabled, as some plastic-haired talking heads on TV seem to be implying.

Now Iran… since their launches tend to be Photoshop, they could be IOT’d in a sense.


2 thoughts on “Internet of Things?

  1. Bruce Edwards April 16, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Never attribute to malace what is due to incompetence unless you’re a North Korean rocket scientist!


    • Bear April 16, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Encroaching incompetence may well be a factor. Given Glorious Leader’s propensity for executing folks who disappoint him… or might disappoint him… or are related to him… or might be… they could be offing their engineers with each failure, leaving them with a dwindling pool of competence. They might not have many QC folks left by now.


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