More Connected Devices, Means More Cyber-Attack Targets
The holiday season in 2015 saw drones become popular gifts, so much so that the FAA rushed through regulations, announced on Dec. 14, that require all drones to be registered in a national database and fly below 400 feet. While drones may be the most versatile device that can be controlled—and thus hacked—remotely from a computer, other physical devices have shown the impact that hacks could have in the future. Two security researchers took control of a GMC Jeep, controlling it remotely. The number of devices considered to be part of the Internet of things will grow from 1.2 billion in 2014 to more than 5.4 billion in 2020, according to Verizon, which has published one of the most conservative estimates. All these devices present inviting targets to hackers.

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