THE INTERNET OF THINGS

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It is reported that home gadgets that connect to the internet can be operated maliciously and can even, like a Trojan horse, give hackers access to our internet and bank data.

The internet of things is here,
A reason, you may think, to cheer,
But don’t get too excited yet –
It could be something you’ll regret.

It means that everything is smart –
Appliances for the most part –
Like fridges, heating, lights and taps,
Designed to help you – well, perhaps.

One aspect of this is you can,
Leave your potatoes in the pan,
And have them on and start to boil,
So that the result of your toil,
Is ready, almost, then to eat,
When you get home by means of feet.

Then there’s the fridge, it keeps things cold,
And I have recently been told,
That smart ones now know what you eat,
Though they’re programmed to be discreet.

So when your eggs are down to four,
The fridge will simply order more,
And you should now no longer fear,
You’ll run completely out of beer.

But such devices can be hacked,
And as they buy for you in fact,
They might also at your expense,
Be running up bills quite immense,
Supplying food to Russia where,
They’ve lots of hackers working there.

These hackers really are just spies,
They’re partial to our cakes and pies,
And when they’ve had their fill of these,
They finish off with fruit and cheese.

We know this ’cos we are so bright,
The Russians hack by day and night,
They can the biggest numbers boast,
But still they always burn the toast.

And then there’s more that they can do,
They know when you are in the loo,
And if you’re there about to burst,
They might jump in and flush it first!

To let your watchword be ‘Take care’,
When you’re existing anywhere,
For all things can be hacked and more,
Far worse than 1984.

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ALL STEAMED UP

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It is reported that smart devices connected to the internet can be hacked by people like the Russians.

It seems we’re in for more treats yet,
Courtesy of the internet,
As lots of items in the home,
Will respond to a mobile phone.

The kettle, toaster, wash machine,
And other things that keep us clean,
Fridges and freezers, TVs too,
And even those hot guns that glue.

They all can be turned off or on,
By very nearly anyone,
Who might have access to our phone,
Or who knows how to hack or clone.

As always, Russia is to blame,
The ones in Moscow just the same,
“But why,” you ask, “should they want to,
Turn on our kettles, toasters too?”

The reason I’d say, more or less,
Might simply be to cause distress,
But if lots act at once perhaps,
The power grid might just collapse.

So good advice we should now heed,
Which is we really do not need,
The toaster to start up while we,
Are outside fumbling for our key.

And if we wait ’til we’re inside,
A rule of thumb can be our guide,
We’d have to wait three mins. at most,
Before we get our buttered toast.

And so to Putin I would say,
“If you feel like a hack today,
Just leave the lamp off by my bed,
And put the Hoover on instead!”

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