The Internet of Things is the materialization of what was once called “Ubiquitous Computing” and then “Pervasive Computing”, both seen in the past as positive aspects of technology. Today the naked truth is that all consumer electronic devices are well beyond the full control of their owners; moreover “analogic” familiar things from the past, like cars and TV sets, are now in fact specialized computing devices, doing a lot more that moving passengers or showing film and news, because they are filled with hidden functions. Things are built with millions of lines of code inside, and all this software is supposed to be bug-free and not controlled by entities other than the owner.

The talk will illustrate to what extent the above is completely false, and will give examples of who (and how) uses the Internet of Things and the Cloud against the owners of such devices.