Here is the full text and summary of Pablos Holman’s talk titled “Top Hacker Shows Us How It’s Done” at TEDxMidwest conference.
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So this is a hotel room, kind of like the one I’m staying in. I get board sometimes. A room like this has not a lot to offer for entertainment. But for a hacker, it gets a little interesting because that television is not like the television in your home, it’s a node on a network. Right? That means I can mess with it. If I plug a little device like this into my computer, it’s an infrared transceiver, I can send the codes that the TV remote might send and some other codes.
So what? Well, I can watch movies for free. That doesn’t matter to me so much, but I can play video games too.
Hey, but what’s this? I can not only do this for my TV in my hotel room, I can control your TV in your hotel room. So I can watch you if you’re checking out with one of these, you know, TV based registration things, if you’re surfing the web on your hotel TV, I can watch you do it. Sometimes it’s interesting stuff. Funds transfer. Really big funds transfers. You never know what people might want to do while they’re surfing the web from their hotel room.