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How the Internet of Things Could Create a Security Nightmare

Updated from Oct. 18

As tens of billions of toasters, thermostats, sprinkler heads, cars, oil rig pump monitors, electricity meters, smart power switches and other devices join the Internet of Things in the coming years, they will present hackers and cyber thieves with back doors to home, business and government networks.

Indeed, the Internet of Things was implicated in a massive cyberattack that hobbled many websites and services on Friday, in part by sending requests from large numbers of...