More than 30 firms, including BT, Intel, and Vodafone, are creating an industry body to vet internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities and flaws.
It will encourage firms making smart gadgets to think about security as the hardware is being developed.
Consumers could be at risk unless the industry gets better at securing hardware, say experts.
“We need to be careful because if we are not, then we could be sleepwalking into some big problems,” said John Moor, from the NMI industry group that represents UK chip makers and has helped launch the forum.
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