The fact that people will risk likely jail time or at least severe punishment if caught, shows we hit the big leagues now. Its a horrible gauge, but think about the implications of just the 2 above. A model S is 60k+ car, those scientists probably spent a good portion of their lives studying to get access/clearance needed to pull that off, greed will make anyone do stupid things, but still. Incentivizing people to act in a greedy manner, while morbid in its own way, should be seen as a metric of not a benchmark for success. Next stop is seeing those idiots who wait outside for a new phone/video game to line up for some BTC related thing.
While IoT security is an issue I suspect fraudulent bitcoin miner software in light bulbs is an urban myth.
An ASIC miner is about 100,000 times faster than a PC, and a PC would be at least a hundred times faster than a light bulb processor. So you would need millions of light bulbs all switch on and mining to equal one ASIC miner.
Even including an ASIC chip in the light bulb is not going to be worth it.
This story smells of urban myth being pushed by Senrio as part of their marketing..
Probably more than that:
* Antminer S9 gives around 14TH/s and typically runs 24x7
* A typical IoT device might give you 100KH/s when it's powered, you'd get nothing, or at lest less when the light goes out
It would be closer to 100,000,000 - 1,000,000,000 on the most power cpu I can imagine them putting in a device like that. It's probably significantly more though. It's most certainly not mining Bitcoin.
BitFury has been in the ASIC game since nearly the very beginning. The problem, so to speak is that they went private and no longer offer products to the public and just build to mine for themselves and business partners.