For some time security researchers have been voicing concerns over the risks associated with the widespread adoption of IoT devices. Now it seems as though their views should be taken more seriously, as the global DNS infrastructure is under attack. Imagine if this happened to critical national infrastructure, such as the power supply and air traffic control network.
When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and ’80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China’s used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.