BlackBerry and the Very Insecure Eye-o-T.

How would you feel if everywhere you go, even the hospital, your own home or restroom, you were surrounded by spies and hackers, even without a smartphone?

We are somewhat aware of the risks when using an internet-connected computer or phone. But as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves, the ecosphere of the internet is expanding dramatically. Hackers are VERY aware of this and chomping at the bit as new opportunities appear EVERYWHERE. The biomedical devices at your doctor’s office or hospital. The appliances in your home. Your modes of transportation. Your self driving car.

The Hacker News reports that

How were the keys discovered? By what is described as a “hacker-friendly” search engine called Censys. Google is providing the infrastructure.

An MIT paper entitled A Search Engine for the Internet’s Dirty Secrets

describes the concept:

“We’re trying to maintain a complete database of everything on the Internet,” says Zakir Durumeric, the University of Michigan researcher who leads the open-source project.


From the website:

Censys maintains three datasets through daily ZMap scans of the Internet and by synchronizing with public certificate transparency logs:

You can search for records that meet certain criteria (e.g., IPv4 hosts in Germany manufactured by Siemens, or browser trusted certificates for, generate reports on how websites are configured (e.g., what cipher suites are chosen by popular websites?), and track how networks have patched over time.

Like most tools, the intent is good, but can be used for good or evil. One thing it has done is highlight the expanding security vulnerabilities as more and more devices become internet-connected.

A security firm, Duo Security, has used the software to discover a vulnerability in Dell computers and found find that a Kentucky water plant’s control system was affected, and the Department of Homeland Security stepped in.

As the internet expands it’s territory, more than ever it is important to think about security, especially the grade of security that BlackBerry and QNX technology offer to the IoT.





I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • Martin

    BlackBerry has my back!

    • Blackjack

      Yep! You’re a smart creature Anthony,

  • Anthony

    IoT security has to be seen as a national security priority. Countries are investing in cyber-warfare.

    If everything is connected via IoT the potential to hack entire countries it there. locco_smiley_26