"The Internet of Things is going to be a security and privacy disaster."

#Future

Sat, Jul 4th, 2015 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

With more and more devices becoming internet ready, the risk of them being exploited for personal gain by others or for stealing the owner's personal information will become a public concern that needs to be addressed by policy makers.

It’s not just paranoia — it’s more of a business reality. It is a software truism that anything connected to the Internet needs to be patched regularly, or else it becomes vulnerable to vandals. The lack of regular fixes is already a problem with a $500 smartphone; the maker typically loses interest in supporting it and patching it after maybe 18 months. It’s going to be a much bigger problem with a $50 device or a $5 device that lingers in your house for years. Inevitably, bad guys will have their way with them. So somebody far away will be able to turn on your oven when you’re on vacation. Your lawnmower will be part of a botnet sending spam. The fridge of the future will offer to reorder your preferred groceries, because it’s been scanning the barcodes on everything you put inside. That’s great, until bad guys figure out how to read the barcodes off bottles of antiretroviral drugs and learn who has HIV.

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