In October, a massive denial-of-service cyberattack on internet infrastructure Dyn knocked huge swathes of the web offline for millions of Americans and Europeans, from Netflix to Twitter. It was the largest attack of its kind in history, powered by an army of hacked webcams and smart devices with shoddy or non-existent security.
In short: The “internet of things” is a nightmare — a fundamental threat to the security and safety of the web.
But Google and other tech giants now have a plan to fix it.
The Broadband Technical Advisory Group has published a report on the security and privacy of the IoT, — including recommendations on how to improve it. If you haven’t heard of BITAG, its a tech industry body formed back in 2010, which includes Google, Cisco, AT&T, T-Mobile, Comcast, Mozilla, and others.