Internet of Things Darwin Award

The Darwin Award as explained by Wikipedia:

Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor, originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by selecting themselves out of the gene pool via death or sterilization by their own actions.

The Internet of Things has had its challenges in 2016. From Mirai, unauthenticated MQTT, attacks against municipal Transport System, Healthcare, ICS, and spying gadgets like smart-TV’s, fitness, pregnancy or health monitors - leaving vendors rich and consumers hurt.

The Security Industry is peddling canned solutions to remedy the symptoms of this illness. But there is no cure vendors can offer. If there would be, the cyberwar industry wouldn’t be able to feed itself. Are we running in circles and constantly shifting the real problem towards an even bigger Black Swan scenario?

IoT Ouroboros Security Snake chasing its own tail

Corporate CyberSec is guilty of fuelling the fire and spreading more FUD & fake news than RT[.]com and Breitbart combined. Previously democratic countries like the UK, France change their laws to legalize mass surveillance. Defense hawks everywhere can finally justify fat budgets to protect us from «unknown unknowns», while cyber-security vendors are popping champagne bottles in celebration for having backed the «right» horse (wink-wink, nod-nod Trump & Thiel. With the essential fear-factor now instilled within the population, the stage is set to push for ever more cyberwar & defense technologies to protect ourselves from these same technologies.

Darwin proved there is some human in monkeys. We seem to be hell-bent on proving that there is still a lot of monkey in humans too.

Or in the words of Nietzsche:

Man is a bridge between the ape and the Übermensch.

Stay tuned to find out which patient from the IoT (leper colony) will be nominated with the 2016 IoT Darwin Award, and live to tell the tale (like Lawn Chair Larry)!

To propose nominees please send a direct message to @IoTdarwinAward. Results will be published here on *4th Jan. 2017.