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Get ready for an Internet of Things disaster, warns security guru Bruce Schneier

From Computing.co.uk

"Security guru Bruce Schneier, the author of multiple encryption algorithms, founder of security company Counterpane and former chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions, has warned that the 'craze' for connecting devices to the internet with little thought about security will result in a major disaster.

Schneier warned that ‘integrity and availability threats’ are much worse than ‘confidentiality threats’ with devices connected to the internet.

‘It's one thing if your smart door lock can be eavesdropped upon to know who is home. It's another thing entirely if it can be hacked to allow a burglar to open the door – or prevent you from opening your door. A hacker who can deny you control of your car, or take over control, is much more dangerous than one who can eavesdrop on your conversations or track your car's location,’ Schneier wrote.

He continued: ‘With the advent of the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems in general, we've given the internet hands and feet: the ability to directly affect the physical world. What used to be attacks against data and information have become attacks against flesh, steel and concrete.’”

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