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F-Secure’s chief research officer likens IoT devices to ‘IT asbestos’

October 09, 2019 / Ryan Daws

The chief research officer of cybersecurity giant F-Secure has warned that IoT devices could be the “asbestos of the future. Mikko Hyppönen made the warning during an interview on Verdict. The insecure nature of IoT devices is not surprising to many, especially following their role in devastating botnets like Mirai. However, Hyppönen warns the situation is only set to get worse.The root of Hyppönen’s concern is the rapid proliferation of IoT devices that are insecure, or “stupid” as he puts it.Asbestos was first heralded as a groundbreaking material with miraculous properties. The material was therefore used for a lot of construction in the 1960s and ‘70s, but it was only later discovered to cause cancer.