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The Internet of Things: 7 Scary Security Scenarios

The IoT can be frightening when viewed from the vantage point of information security.

Marilyn Cohodas

October 16, 2014

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Who could forget that chilling scene in Homeland when a terrorist hacked into a pacemaker and assassinated a fictional US vice president while an "inside" accomplice cold-bloodedly watched? Plausible? Probably not, at least not in such a dramatic, suspense-filled moment. More likely, the threat scenario surrounding medical devices would be a patching problem with an embedded device (like a pacemaker) or a malware infection on network-connected equipment such as pregnancy monitors, insulin pumps, or MRI picture storage. Though researchers have been raising security concerns about these devices for some time, the US Food and Drug Administration has only recently begun to address the problem.

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Marilyn Cohodas

Managing Editor, Dark Reading

Marilyn has been covering technology for business, government, and consumer audiences for over 20 years. Prior to joining UBM, Marilyn worked for nine years as editorial director at TechTarget Inc., where she launched six Websites for IT managers and administrators supporting enterprise Windows platforms and technologies.

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