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Wanted: Smart Public Policy for Internet of Things Security



Without us even knowing it, the connected devices in our homes and businesses can carry out nefarious tasks. Increasingly, the Internet of Things has become a weapon in hackers’ schemes. This is possible in large part due to manufactures’ failure to program basic security measures into these devices.

Now, experts in the U.S. are asking regulators to step in. Calls for public policy to improve device security have reached a fever pitch following a series of high-profile denial-of-service attacks leveraged in part by unsuspecting DVRs, routers, and webcams. In October, hackers flooded the Internet service company Dyn with traffic by assembling millions of IoT devices into a virtual botnet using a malicious program called Mirai.
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Simone Olckers

Editor at Talan
Simone fulfils the main editorial function for all new content on Talan Innovation. She was previously the online editor for a luxury magazine based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest in innovation and technology is in it's application to the fashion industry. Simone began curating articles for Talan Innovation in December 2014. She is currently busy with her MBA in Fashion Business at IFA Paris.

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