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Internet-Conncected 'Smart' Devices
are dunces about Security
NEW YORK (AP) --- These
days, it's possible to use your
phone - and sometimes just your
voice - to control everything
from your TV to your lights,
your thermostat and shades,
even your car or medical device.
(At least, once you have gad-
gets that can listen.)
But the WikiLeaks allegation
that the CIA commandeered
some Samsung smart TVs as
listening devices is a reminder
that inviting the "Internet of
Things" into your home comes
with some risk.
How safe are your connected
devices? Tread carefully, but
don't freak out, experts say.
A GROWING INDUSTRY
Connected devices are unques-
tionably popular. Research firm
Gartner expects there to be 8.4
billion connected "things" in use
in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016.
By 2020, this number could reach
20.4 billion, with smart TVs and
digital set-top boxes serving as
the most popular consumer gad-
For businesses, meanwhile,
smart electric meters and com-
mercial security cameras are
expected to be the most popular
"internet of things" products.
Such gadgets are convenient,
but they can present easy targets
for hackers. In October of 2016
hackers seized control of web-
cams and digital video recorders
and recruited them into internet
"botnets" that launched deni-
al-of-service attacks against
popular websites such as Netflix
and Twitter, forcing them offline
for some users.
There's a growing call for reg-
ulation to secure connected
devices, but it's unclear wheth-
er this will happen. Last year,
the Department of Homeland
Security released a report
describing runaway security
problems with devices that
recently gained internet capabil-
ities, a collection that includes
medical implants, surveillance
cameras, home appliances and
"The growing dependency on
is outpacing the means to secure
them," Department of Homeland
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson
said at the time.
This, of course, was during
the Obama administration; more
regulation so far appears unlike-
ly under President Donald
Forrester Research analyst Josh
Zelonis said consumers can't wait
for the government to fix things.
Instead, he said, people have to
demand that manufacturers are
accountable for the security of
their products and that they
support the products throughout
the product's lifetime, not just
when it's sold.
Which, of course, is far easi-
er said than done.
One problem: Many people
don't realize they have to secure
connected devices with pass-
words like they do with com-
puters. "People don't think of a
TV or a camera as a computer
and that's all it is," said Gartner
analyst Avivah Litan.
If a device comes with a default
password, it needs changing the
moment you hook it up. Simi-
larly, your Wi-Fi password
shouldn't still be the one it came
out of the box; it needs a hard-
to-guess passphrase to ensure
that it can't be easily hacked.
Another problem: Cheaper
devices from no-name compa-
nies also pose more of a secu-
rity risk. While big companies
like Apple, Amazon or Samsung
The seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA.
can patch up security holes as soon
as they find them, smaller companies
don't have the resources - or, some-
times, the ability or willingness - to
"Bigger companies typically have
more resources and more to lose, so
they are typically more secure," said
Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor
Insights & Strategy.
Password-protecting most con-
nected devices, though, should go a
long way toward ensuring they won't
be used to take down Netflix.
"Don't buy from smaller vendors,"
Moorhead said. "Don't buy devices
that don't encrypt data everywhere."
And change the password if you can.
Woman resigned to being plump
learns she had 140-pound tumor
Mary Clancey said
she was resigned to
being a plump old lady.
Over 15 years she kept
getting bigger despite
dieting. But with her
her son persuaded her
to go to the hospital.
What doctors found
astounded them: A cyst
in one of her ovaries had
grown into a 140-pound
Doctors at Lehigh
Valley Health Network
in Allentown removed
the cancerous, Stage 1
mass in a five-hour
operation Nov. 10.
Going in, Clancey
weighed 365 pounds.
After five hours in sur-
gery, she lost 180
pounds of tumor and
tissue, about half her
weight, the doctors said.
"You can't imagine in
your wildest dreams
something that huge,"
she told Philadelphia TV
As she was gaining
weight, Clancey, 71, of
St. Clair, Pennsylvania,
said doctors told her just
to watch what she ate.
At just over 5 feet tall,
she said she felt des-
tined to become "a short
round, fat little old
The tumor didn't
really cause her pain. "It
just made itself com-
fortable in there," she
But by the time she
went to the hospital, it
had become difficult for
her to walk and even
Dr. Richard Boulay,
who performed the
operation, said the mass
was so big it didn't even
fit in the picture taken
by a CT scan.
"It was slowly killing
her," Bouley said Thurs-
day during a news con-
ference at the hospital.
To help in the remov-
al of the tumor, a second
table had to be moved
next to the one on which
Clancey was lying so the
mass could be rolled out
without it rupturing,
The Morning Call
Made up predomi-
nantly of water, the
tumor was "slippery and
nasty," Boulay said.
After nearly a month
in recovery, Clancey is
back home, working to
regain her balance as a
She weighs less than
150 pounds and said she
Doctors said tests
show she is cancer-free
and does not need fur-
ther treatment, The Call
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