Author : Adrian Caceres
On Friday morning (21 October 2016), there was a massive DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack on a DNS (Domain Name System) provider, which caused many websites to become unreachable. The cyberattack has been labeled an IoT-based attack. I thought I would elaborate on it and share some thoughts on what manufacturers and we, as consumers, need to do to prevent similar attacks from occurring in the future.
Today’s appliance and light commercial goods manufacturers are finding that the Internet of Things (IoT) is pushing them into uncharted territory. The IoT is even changing their definitions of product and testing, whether they like it or not—and in ways they probably haven’t even begun to consider.
Shock Waves Felt as Safe Harbor Ruled Invalid
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