The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has announced the formation of a threat analysis team to oversee the security of the “internet of things” in order to protect national interest from cyberattacks and terrorist threats, reports Reuters. The group of around 5 to 10 persons is led by acting deputy assistant Attorney General Adam Hickey of the national security division and has been informally operative since six months ago.
Announcing this, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin of DoJ national security division said the objective was not “to be alarmist” but to recognize and address possible security risks from internet-driven technology like medical devices and automated cars.
That smart cars are likely to pose a security challenge was highlighted by a FBI and NHTSA alert in March underlining the vulnerability of motor vehicles to hacking.
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