IoT Regs Needed To Thwart Cyber Threats, Congress Told

By Chuck Stanley (November 15, 2016, 2:56 PM EST) -- Vulnerabilities exposed by an October cyberattack that crashed a host of popular websites must be addressed through regulation of security for internet-of-things devices, cybersecurity experts told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Tuesday.

Internet-connected devices, like the cameras and DVRs used in an Oct. 21 distributed denial of service attack on internet services company Dyn, are compromised by low interest in security by both manufacturers and consumers, experts told the committee at a hearing.

Owners of compromised IoT devices are themselves rarely affected by hacks and often remain unaware of them, so there is little incentive to update easily-guessed default...

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