IID: Mobile devices will soon be used to carry out physical crimes


By 2014, significant new methods of cybercrime will emerge, including the use of Internet-connected devices to carry out physical crimes such as murders, says Tacoma, Wash.-based cybersecurity firm IID.

In a Dec. 18 release, IID says Internet-enabled homicides could include turning off a pacemaker remotely, an Internet-connected car that can have its control systems altered, or an intravenous drip that can be shut off from a computer.

"Killings can be carried out with a significantly lower chance of getting caught, much less convicted, and if human history shows us anything, if you can find a new way to kill, it will be eventually be used," Rod Rasmussen, IID's president and chief technology officer, said in the release.

According to IID, by 2014, cyber criminals will also leverage mobile device Near Field Communications to wreak havoc with banking and e-commerce. IID predicts that while the underlying technology in NFC is secure, almost all of the applications that will be written to interface with the technology will be riddled with security holes.

Nearly 300 million--or one in five--smartphones worldwide are estimated to be NFC-enabled by 2014, so the consequences of NFC security vulnerabilities could be wide ranging.

"The amount of banking and point of sale e-commerce apps that are being developed utilizing NFC is astronomical," said IID Vice President of Threat Intelligence Paul Ferguson. "This is a gold mine for cybercriminals and we have already seen evidence that they are working to leverage these apps to siphon money."

For more:
- read the IID press release

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