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The "Internet of Things" and Security: How to Do it Right

The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast

The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast.

We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT security, the dangers are already very real.

Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates.

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Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil are running blind. If the energy security and environmental concerns of that example doesn’t bother you, consider this: Any finalist in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize Competition — all consumer-grade devices — will be able to diagnose a long list of conditions, at a minimum.

Read the full story at Giga OM.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.