Many exciting TV shows and movies include hacking as standard fare – overriding security systems, changing traffic lights, causing explosions, even committing untraceable murders. It makes for interesting entertainment. But the frightening part? It’s all possible.
The digital connections in our world are multiplying faster than we realize. It is difficult to even think of anything that cannot be connected. Connected cars and connected homes are advancing by leaps and bounds. Livestock such as cattle and sheep are tracked electronically, and your dog or cat probably has an embedded chip. Even bees are being outfitted with tiny RFID backpacks. Roads, buildings, and transportation systems are beaming real-time information to servers in the cloud. The rapid rise of wearables, hearables, implantables, and personal medical devices means that an increasingly large segment of people are connected. The increasingly connected world provides terrific opportunities to improve life on earth. But with opportunity often comes threat – in this case the threat of hacking. And the facts are scarier than the fiction.
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