Internet of things is frequently used phrase to capture the essence of the interconnected aspects of devices. Internet law lawyers see the “Internet of Things” and networks of embedded devices, sought for useful purposes, presenting harm as well as good to data security. The coding inside a control area network (CAN) which is used for syncing information within a vehicle, bus, airplane, or a house, are based on standard codes. Interconnect items could be on same network and using the same IP. These codes can be hacked from one manufacturer to another. The concern is that remote commands can start or stop the operation of the vehicles. This is exponentially more troublesome when one considers a system of vehicles, such city buses, charters, and taxis. Discerning the code would have broad impact. We already have location devices in vehicles.
Google’s Android operating system running smart TVs could be attacked as are smartphones. Any hack of a TV’s code, could use a script interface to enable the ability for photo taking and monitoring of users. The flaws within ad networks affect ad libraries. Users of the internet could be redirected by hackers interfering with router codes affecting security.
Concerns are also magnified over “SCADA” the supervisory control and data acquisition systems that monitor critical infrastructure that we all use, i.e., nuclear power plants, water treatment plants, airport radars, and oil and gas pipeline, electrical power plants. One can remember the incident of “Stuxnet” that was a malware that affected Iranian nuclear power plants.
The IoT brings us all into a world driven by innovation and bringing the need for bravery. As internet law lawyers, privacy and security are pinnacle concerns.