James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Monday, August 5, 2013

'Smart homes' are vulnerable, say hackers

Hacking into a $6,000 Japanese "smart" toilet and taking control of the bidet is a neat trick or a mean prank, but it's not the type of security issue most people will ever have to worry about. But what about a hackable front-door lock, motion detector or security camera? The bluetooth-controlled Satis smart toilet was just one of the many connected devices that security researchers hacked at the Black Hat and Def Con computer security conferences in Las Vegas this week. They also opened front door locks, hijacked power outlets, took over the hubs that coordinate all the home-automation devices, and did some very creepy things with a toy bunny. http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/02/tech/innovation/hackable-homes