By Aliya Sternstein
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security just issued new warnings about everyday objects that stay connected to an unsecured internet.
Their public service announcements concern security risks posed by the so-called Internet of Things, or IoT, a situation where everyday objects connect to a network.
Researchers this summer proved that connected items can endanger people driving cars and wearing pacemakers. The Defense Department secretary last week mentioned the inventors of the Internet have been working on security fixes for IoT.
But until those technologies are rolled out, the FBI and DHS are offering some pointers.
First, the FBI names the following 10 things as examples of IoT devices:
- Automated devices that remotely or automatically adjust lighting or HVAC
- Security systems, such as security alarms or Wi-Fi cameras, including video monitors used in nursery and daycare settings
- Medical devices, such as wireless heart monitors or insulin dispensers
- Wearables, such as fitness devices
- Lighting modules that activate or deactivate lights
- Smart appliances, such as smart refrigerators and TVs
- Office equipment, such as printers
- Entertainment devices to control music or television from a mobile device
- Fuel monitoring systems
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