Sparks continue to fly in the USA as the election for the 45th President of the United States proceeds through its last week, and we are ready for some sparks of a less onerous kind as we gear up for the annual fire-fest of Bonfire Night, remembering Guy Fawkes with and musing on revolution and sabotage.

It seems a fitting time to be talking about hacking! Sparked by a DDoS (distributed denial of service) hack on the 21st October 2016 there has been renewed discussion about our relationship with technology which is becoming increasingly embedded in our homes. As Tereza Pultarova put for the IET’s website last week,

A major cyber-attack that used hacked web cameras and shut down high-profile websites including Twitter, Spotify and PayPal on Friday, has stirred the debate about cyber security of the Internet of Things (IOT) and smart home technology.

Yesterday’s PM programme on the BBC features Aaron Laveritt, a risk strategist from Cambridge University, who said that

we connect things in our homes and do not think about the data being leaked to other people.

You can hear a clip from his interview HERE.

There will be plenty more discussion to come, no doubt, and hopefully some interesting solutions.

For another angle on the smart home and integrated technologies check out Anastasia’s report from Seoul and her Samsung D’Light tour.