You probably know by now what the IoT, or the Internet of Things refers to. In case you don’t, here’s a very short summary. The Internet of Things is the network of objects that are embedded with technology and software enabling them to exchange data – so pretty much everything coming out these days. According to his report in the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Director of National Intelligence deems IoT a serious threat.
Despite the Internet of Things promising better accessibility, faster connectivity, and a whole slew of other benefits to most device users, not everybody is looking at it like that. Sure, it may increase your comfort slightly, but if it outs you at risk, what’s the point?
After all, he who would sacrifice liberty for some temporary security deserves neither, right?
At least that’s how James Clapper, the United States Director of National Intelligence sees it anyway. As part of his “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community” report, the Internet of Things represents one of the biggest threats the world is currently facing.
The report has multiple sections, each with their most dangerously assessed possible threats. Such sections include Cyber and Technology, Terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Proliferation, Space and Counterspace, Transnational Organized Crime, and many others.
Ranked from most dangerous to least dangerous, the treats approached in the report are presented as they are seen by the collective Unites States Intelligence Community after many hours spent analyzing, organizing, and classifying insane amounts of information.
The Internet of Things predictably falls under the Cyber and Technology category, with the intelligence world noting that it makes it extremely easy for hackers to steal as much of your personal data as they please. The more precious the information, the further it should stay away from a permanently online conglomeration of devices.
Clapper also wanted to emphasize that even the Intelligence Community will have no issues with using the Internet of Things for their surveillance and tracking activities. He did not specify, however, which agencies will be in charge of performing those activities.
Other threats present in the report would be Russian and Chinese programmers, ISIS and Al Qaeda, North Korean and Iranian WMDs, Russian and Chinese space programs, and international drug and meat trafficking.
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