Register Column #45 – Good luck securing ‘things’ when users assume ‘stuff just works’

There’s been a fair number of attacks on the Internet, which are only going to get worse unless we lift out game:

It’s not hard to be a paranoid in a world that seems to be insecure by design. It isn’t terribly difficult to load up factory firmware that generates a random password, assigns it to a device, then prints a label with that information to go into the box with the gadget. It’s more work than just slapping a default username and password into the software – but not much. And the cost, amortised against tens of thousands of units, can’t be more than a penny or two.

That, and lots more, in my column for The Register.