Editor’s Choice: Steve’s Favorite Articles, Videos & Slideshows From 2019

SSI Web/Senior Editor Steve K. shares his faves from 2019, which range from smart home hacks, to robot assaults and everything in between.

If you are reading this, congratulations, you have impeccable taste! But seriously, thank you for taking time out of your day to browse this list that what you may or may not already know will be full of ludicrous security-related stories.

Actually, not all of them are ludicrous. But if you know me, you know I tend to gravitate to stories that are odd or quirky (I still can’t believe this happened).

Below are a handful of stories, videos and slideshows that I found most interesting in 2019. You’ll find plenty of year-end compilations on this site about trends and the state of the industry (you can find them all at the bottom of this page). My goal is simply to entertain you.

Thanks again for reading, and have a happy and prosperous New Year!

How Dogs Could One Day Trigger PERS Devices & Other Alarms
If you know me well, you know how much I love dogs. So naturally a story about dogs as personal emergency response systems (PERS) is going to be high up on my list.

Researchers: Smart Speakers Like Echo, Google Home Can Be Hacked With Light
Hackers tend to access IoT devices through leaked data or recycled passwords. However, researchers recently discovered a new method we need to worry about.

11 Super Strange Items Discovered by Airport Security
It always blows my mind to see some of the crazy stuff TSA finds in luggage — almost all of which should be common sense to not bring on an airplane.

Resideo Live 2019
Being a tech geek, I’ve always wanted to attend a Made by Google event. This recent Resideo event came pretty close in terms of style and major announcements. Check out the video I shot and edited of it.

Researchers Show How Easy It Is to Hijack an IoT Surveillance Feed
You know that trope in movies when a video surveillance feed is replaced with a pre-recorded loop, allowing a person to move past cameras undetected? Well it turns out with a little technical know-how, its relatively easy to do with IoT cameras.

Top 9 Surveillance Videos of the Week: Police Respond to ‘Intruder’ Robot Vacuum Cleaner
I think the headline speaks for itself.

Interlogix Insider Tells How Things Went Awry
It’s always interesting to get an insider’s perspective on something, especially when it involves a major story such as Interlogix ceasing operations. Former Interlogix exec Kirk MacDowell provided SSI with a fascinating breakdown of the development.

Hackers Use Nest Cam to Fool Family About Bogus Ballistic Missile Attack
If I were to ever get a warning about an incoming missile attack, I honestly don’t know what I would do. Between hackers, prank shows and just terrible people in general, it’s becoming harder and harder to decipher what’s real these days — and that is not a good sign for public safety.

Anixter Stadium Series at Fenway Park
Who wouldn’t love to attend an event at America’s best ballpark? Check out the highlights below.

Man Knocks Over 400lb Security Robot in Parking Garage
Another year, another assault of a security robot.

7 Totally Sweet Pens and Flash Drives Found at ISC West 2019
Last but definitely not least, my round-up of ISC West freebies. The only thing I love more than putting this one together is reading the feedback I receive from all of you.

That does it for all of my 2019 faves. Make sure to check out the rest of SSI‘s year-end features below.

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About the Author


Steven A. Karantzoulidis is the Web Editor for Security Sales & Integration. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Communication and has a background in Film, A/V and Social Media.

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