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US Senators Propose IoT Security Legislation

A new bill aims to prohibit the production of IoT devices if they can't be patched or have their password changed.

A group of US senators today introduced a bill in Congress that would require Internet of Things (IoT) manufacturers to produce devices that could be patched, have passwords updated, and come to the market without known security vulnerabilities, according to a Reuters report.

The bill also calls for federal agencies to have the freedom to purchase non-compliant IoT devices should this legislation pass, if they get approval from the US Office of Management and Budget, according to Reuters.

The legislation also proposes expanding protection for cybersecurity researchers, when they are attempting to hack IoT devices in search of bugs to report to the manufacturer, the report noted.

The bipartisan group of senators includes Republicans Cory Gardner and Steve Daines, and Democrats Ron Wyden and Mark Warner, according to Reuters.

Read more about the bill here.

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