The Internet of Hacked Things- Security, a Major Problem IoT Will Face

Life—or, at least, the technology-adoption lifecycle—is so predictable. In October 2014, when we launched IOT Journal, I wrote, in an opinion column, “There is a lot of hype about the Internet of Things, and that hype will fade, just as it did for RFID and eventually does for all new technologies” (see The Internet of Things Journal).

Sure enough, the Internet of Things is losing its luster. A few weeks ago, I wrote about how consumer interest in smart home devices was waning (see IoT Hype Begins to Fade). Last week, The New York Times published a cogent article, “Why ‘Smart’ Objects May Be a Dumb Idea.” This article is an example of how the press has turned negative on the IoT concept, and illustrates why new technologies turn out to be harder to deploy than anyone anticipates.

The article was written by Zeynep Tufekci, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science. She points out that connecting refrigerators, sniper rifles and cars to the Internet to make them more useful sounds great until you learn about the risks involved.

“Recently, two security researchers, sitting on a couch and armed only with laptops, remotely took over a Chrysler Jeep Cherokee speeding down the highway, shutting down its engine as an 18-wheeler truck rushed toward it,” Tufekci writes. “They did this all while a Wired reporter was driving the car. Their expertise would allow them to hack any Jeep as long as they knew the car’s I.P. address, its network address on the Internet. They turned the Jeep’s entertainment dashboard into a gateway to the car’s steering, brakes and transmission.”Read more

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