The first murder through the internet of things will likely take place in 2014, police service Europol warned this month. The crime could be carried out by a pacemaker, an insulin dosage device, a hacked brake pedal or myriad others objects that control life-and-death functions and are now connected to the internet. In control of a malicious hacker, any of these devices could give “killer app” a whole new meaning.
“We’re used to having our computers networked, we’re not used to having everything networked …[But] we all know that any information system is hackable,” Kraig Baker, an attorney and technology expert, said at law firm Davis Wright Tremaine’s Download event in New York last week.
Murder, of course, is a dramatic example of how the internet of things could go awry — though the threat is real enough for former Vice-President Dick Cheney to have removed the WiFi from his pacemaker. And…
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