The potential dark side of the Internet of Things

With great power comes great responsibility — and when it comes to empowering everyday devices with the ability to connect to the internet, manufacturers have a responsibility to protect consumers. As the much bandied about “Internet of Things” continues to become “a thing,” the real-world implications of lax security will become a much more pressing concern, as Wired reports:

Security researchers exposed holes in everything from Wi-Fi-enabled Barbie dolls to two-ton Jeep Cherokees. For now, those demonstrations have yet to manifest in real-world malicious hacks, says security entrepreneur Chris Rouland. But Rouland, who once ran the controversial government hacking contractor firm Endgame, has bet his next company, an Internet-of-Things-focused security startup called Bastille, on the risks of hackable digital objects. And he argues that public understanding of those risks is on the rise. “2015 has been the pivotal year when we saw awareness and vulnerability discoveries published about ‘things’,” Rouland says. He’s added a new slogan to his powerpoint presentations: “Cyber Barbie is now part of the kill chain.”