Will the Internet of Things compromise your security? Probably.
Interoperability is possibly the biggest topic being addressed in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) space. Lately though, a new issue is coming to light: security. U.S. Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.
“In the future, intelligence services might use the Internet of things for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper testified to the Senate last Tuesday, as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.
Clapper’s statements are not the first official statements on the surveillance threat of networked home devices to come from a U.S. official. In a 2012 speech, former CIA director, David Petraeus referred to IoT as “transformational… particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”