The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to make the internet even less secure. So says an article in MIT Technology Review.
Computer hackers are out there, hacking into websites to shut them down, redirecting users to get advertising money, and doing all kinds of evil things by combining the power of thousands of interconnected computers.
And if you own and have connected webcams, digital video recorders and other gadgets in the “internet of things,” you may be helping them.
“Because these devices typically have little or no security, hackers can take them over with little effort,” the Review wrote. “And that makes it easier than ever to build huge botnets that take down much more than one site at a time.”