Security and Hacking concerns for IoT Devices

In a recent interview with CNBC, Sen. Mark Warner voiced concerns regarding the security of devices connected to the internet, know as IoT.       “The challenge has been so far is the devices makers on the higher end are happy to help, but if somebody is selling a cheap appliance or a cheap sensor and it costs $10 or $15, they don’t want to spend the extra $0.15 or $1 to put in basic security,” Warner said to CNBC.      This is a real concern as Gartner…

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Walmart “Smart Shipping” and the Blockchain

On 1 March 2018, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released an application by Walmart to patent a device described a “Smart Package”.  This is a device that would record information on a blockchain regarding the contents of the package, environmental conditions, and location for example.       Walmart has indicated that this “Smart Package” could be used in tandem with other connected devices such as autonomous vehicles, drones.       Online shopping is becoming increasingly popular which also brings about new challenges.  In the patent application,…

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IoT, Cybersecurity is a Public Safety Concern

The IoT market is growing rapidly as more devices and things are becoming connected to the internet.  This network of devices is called the “Internet of Things”, IoT.  Experts are predicting that more than 80 Billion devices or things will be connected to the internet by 2025.   When we think of connected devices, we typically think of mobile phones, printers or security cameras and generally not household appliances such as fridges, doorbells and vacuum cleaners or even motor vehicles, trucks and ships.   The “Internet of Things” is bigger than we can…

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