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When will the first Murder-by-Internet happen?

When will the first Murder-by-Internet happen?
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One day, the culprit could be Professor Plum in the Study with the Internet. Security experts now believe that the first Web murder is inevitable thanks to the Internet of Things.

Machines like HAL and Skynet going rogue and killing people in the movies is one thing. But what you don't know about the Internet of Things could literally kill you.

Experts are saying that the connectivity and easy access of the Internet of Things - thermostats, smartphones, smart watches, ovens, refrigerators, and medical devices like pacemakers and insulin pumps - could be the end of the world as we know it.

It sounds pretty far-fetched, but this isn't just a Chicken Little situation. There are very real consequences to ultra-connectivity.

It doesn't seem too ridiculous when you think about all the gadgets that have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connectivity for more advanced connection. Things like pacemakers and insulin pumps could be altered by a small but lethal amount.

Carbon monoxide sensors could be disrupted, and even furnaces could be tampered with to run so hot they eventually catch fire. Your car could even be remotely started in your garage without your knowledge. These are all possible with the Internet of Things.

But don't run back to the tech of the '80s just yet.

There are large associations of companies working together to secure the Internet of Things to keep you safe and connected. Companies like Toyota, IBM, GE, Microsoft and HP are banding together to fix possible holes in security before anyone can exploit them.

Medical and automotive companies are also working together to keep any of these Hollywood-like scenarios from being a reality. This means more safeguards being put into place, as well as tighter security for those mobile and smart gadgets that keep you connected.

Click here to learn more about the Internet of Things.

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