The state of Internet of Things security stinks, experts say. And while device manufacturers and lawmakers aren’t anxious to address it, there are clear signs of influence from other actors. IoT regulation is likely on its way.
The Meltdown and Spectre chip flaw exploits are prompting a deluge of security patches. They might also represent a rude wake-up call to chip designers that speed and energy efficiency aren’t everything.
Regardless of whether the Mirai botnet disrupts the U.S. election, IOT device exploits will continue to contribute to a less stable Internet until stronger security protocols are implemented, security experts say.
Security researcher Marie Moe has a personal and potentially dangerous connection to the Internet: Following a medical emergency, Moe was outfitted with a pacemaker, in which she has discovered cybersecurity vulnerabilities, she reveals at hacker conference CCC.