So worries one “cyber expert,” anyway.

With more and more workaday devices connected to the Internet, cybersecurity types aren’t just fretting about the power grid anymore. Bloomberg Businessweek says that now they’re warning about devices like household appliances. Refrigerators and, yes, the humble toaster:

Paddy Francis, chief technology officer for Airbus Group SE’s Defense and Space division, warned of the risks posed by increasingly Internet-connect household appliances.... Francis also worried that “cyber-assisted burglary” might become increasingly common, with criminals hacking into household networks to extract data from routine items — like smart-metered lighting or heating systems — to determine if the occupant was home, looking for the best time to break in.

Where’s the loyalty?


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