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When the FBI Speaks the IoT Listens

August 10, 2018 / Cynthia S. Artin

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been busy lately, given the overwhelming volume of cybersecurity threats, including attacks on the American democracy.Most recently, the Feds issued a periodic “Public Service Announcements” (PSA) with an unusual twist:  a dire warning stating that cybercriminals are using the IoT for pivot attacks into full systems from vulnerable devices.The "Cyber actors use Internet of Things devices as proxies for anonymity and pursuit of malicious cyber activities" PSA reinforces what many in the IoT industry have been working very hard to solve for, the challenge to secure the millions and billions of edge devices, leaving not just those devices but the systems they are connected to vulnerable to even more cyberattacks on what could be our most critical infrastructure.