In October, a DDoS attack on Dyn’s infrastructure took down a big chunkof the internet, making sites like Amazon and Twitter inaccessible. It was the first major attack involving IoT (internet of things) devices. Fortunately, it was also a benign attack: no one got hurt, no one died.
However, the next attack could be catastrophic. No one knows when it will happen. No one knows the magnitude.
There are billions of IoT devices out there: web cameras, thermostats, doorbells, smart bulbs, refrigerators, heaters, ovens, and much more. IoT devices are low hanging fruits for cybercriminals because for all theoretical and practical purposes a majority of these IoT devices are insecure by design, they are insecure by default. It should be called IIoT: insecure internet of things.
Enough whining, is there any solution?
Nowadays many security experts are debating if the government should intervene through regulations to prevent any doomsday scenarios. As far as regulations are concerned, not much is going to happen until Donald J. Trump takes over the office. Mr. Trump is quite conservative about federal regulations and has publicly stated that for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated. In addition to that, trade organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Consumer Technology Association are against any regulations, citing that it will hinder innovation.
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