In a keynote at the RSA Conference on Wednesday, one of the creators of the Internet called for greater security within the Internet of Things.
Vin Cerf, now vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, said he was amazed at what devices come with Internet connections these days. The consequences of hacking any one of these, he said, ranges although the lesser effects could be easily underestimated. For example, if someone hacked an air conditioner, that might not seem important. But if someone hacked many air conditioners and then cranked them to full power, that might be enough to overwhelm the electrical grid and cause a blackout.
Cerf said that there is an immediate need to lock down the Internet of Things. In particular he cited the need for stronger authentication when using Internet-connected gadgets.