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When your toaster turns against you

2 Nov, 2016 09:00 am

Internet-connected household appliances were used as a backdoor for the launch of cyber denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Internet service provider Dyn in the U.S. that recently hobbled many of its connections, security experts say.

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The finding has drawn attention to the legal liability that Internet-of-things (IoT) device makers face, especially in United States, renowed as a litigious society.

In the consumer sector, the maker of an Internet-connected toaster that was hacked to burn down a house could also potentially be liable for damages from a homeowner (or insurance company) for not making reasonable efforts to protect the device from cyber attacks.

Governments could create mandates and guidelines for IoT devices, but that would be difficult considering the complexity and rapid changes required to update  legislation intended to regulate the sector.

More attention will be required to ensure that Internet-connected devices are locked-down and reasonably protected against their use as a source of cyber attacks.
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