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Internet of things: humble lightbulbs could become a form of attack

stephen pritchard | financial times | 16 march 2016

PA’s Justin Lowe, a security expert, is quoted in an article in the Financial Times about cyber security threats posed by the internet of things.

The article addresses the various issues of connected devices causing cyber threats such as, dated equipment being used which was designed before the internet took off and the rise of personal devices such as fitness trackers providing more data.

The article goes on to explain that hackers could cause serious trouble by controlling something as simple as a lightbulb and plunging an office or an area into complete darkness, causing major disruption.

Commenting on this, Justin says: “People don’t think what might happen if someone tries to do something malicious to a device.”

He goes on to say: “An unimportant device might become important if connected to a critical system.”

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