Is a virus infecting millions of internet-connected cameras coming to a construction job site near you?

According to Catalin Cimpanu of Bleeping Computer: Since mid-September, a new IoT botnet has grown to massive proportions. Codenamed IoT_reaper (Reaper for this article), researchers estimate its current size at nearly two million infected devices. According to researchers, the botnet is mainly made up of IP-based security cameras, network video recorders (NVRs), and digital video recorders … Continue reading Is a virus infecting millions of internet-connected cameras coming to a construction job site near you?

Another reminder of the potential risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things, or IoT, is the concept in which everyday objects such as lightbulbs, thermostats, garage door openers, etc. are imbued with network connectivity and the capability for communicating with other devices. But just as is the case with our computers and other networked devices, security is an increasingly critical factor. This was made … Continue reading Another reminder of the potential risks associated with the Internet of Things (IoT)

“Smart” garage door opener manufacturer remotely disables customer’s equipment over dispute

Brave New World, indeed. One of the drawbacks to the Internet of Things (IoT), enabling devices to communicate with other devices, is that connected devices could be compromised and controlled by folks with nefarious motives.

But what if that nefarious actor was the device’s manufacturer reacting poorly to a customer’s negative review? Continue reading ““Smart” garage door opener manufacturer remotely disables customer’s equipment over dispute”

TV’s Property Brothers launch new venture to explore the risky world of custom homebuilding

Property Brothers, Jonathon and Drew Scott, are jumping from the fire of the small screen into the frying pan of real estate development and custom homebuilding with their latest venture, Dream Homes by Scott Living. Lucy Cohen Blatter, of Mansion Global, has more in an exclusive interview with the brothers: Jonathan, a professional contractor, takes … Continue reading TV’s Property Brothers launch new venture to explore the risky world of custom homebuilding

The Construction Industry is (finally) developing its own standards for exchanging data

As the construction industry becomes more reliant upon technology, we must follow the proven examples of other industries and adopt standards for exchanging information.

It started with CAD. All of a sudden there was a way to create drawings electronically that could improve the precision of the design process and reduce the repetitive labor associated with manual drawing/drafting. As software developers saw the opportunity for creating CAD programs for the AEC industry, a bunch of different options sprouted up, each with its own unique file format. Quickly it became apparent that it was in the industry’s best interest to standardize those file formats to make it easier for design teams comprised of multiple distinct entities to collaborate.  Continue reading “The Construction Industry is (finally) developing its own standards for exchanging data”

The potential dark side of the Internet of Things

With great power comes great responsibility — and when it comes to empowering everyday devices with the ability to connect to the internet, manufacturers have a responsibility to protect consumers. As the much bandied about “Internet of Things” continues to become “a thing,” the real-world implications of lax security will become a much more pressing … Continue reading The potential dark side of the Internet of Things