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Obama administration pushes for more security on internet-connected devices

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The Obama administration urged the technology industry to secure millions of Internet-connected devices from hacking, including fitness trackers, medical implants, surveillance cameras, home appliances, video recorders, thermostats and computers in autos.

In a report obtained by the Associated Press, the Homeland Security Department cited runaway security problems with a range of devices that have been made Internet-capable in recent years. The report said they posed “substantial safety and economic risks” and recommended urgent action by software and hardware developers, service providers, manufacturers and commercial and government buyers.Robert Silvers, assistant secretary for cyber policy, led a six-month review, coordinating with cybersecurity experts, industry groups and other federal agencies.

The report’s suggestions include: ensuring security settings are turned on by default, requiring unique passwords for each device and enabling products to be fixed remotely.

With AP files. 


Kim Zetter, journalist who covered security for “Wired” and other publications for more than a decade; author, "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon"


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