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Hi David -
Here is the prediction we discussed:
The home “personal network of things” will draw the interest of bot herders.
Home automation products combined with a multitude of personal computing devices has created a “personal network of things” (let’s call it a PNoT for fun). These devices are rarely protected or maintained with the same vigor as corporate I.T. systems, making them generally more vulnerable to being compromised and drafted into a zombie army.
This situation is nothing new, but in the next year we can expect to see “personal networks of things” reside in homes with gigabit internet connections -- like those offered by Google and AT&T -- and so make home networks far more interesting, especially if vulnerabilities in popular home devices can be exploited mechanically (e.g. how the Mirai botnet was built).
Consumers will need to protect their personal networks from this new version of Mirai botnets, creating demand for services that safeguard them. More importantly, vendors will need to adopt better standards for protection of devices. If the Mirai botnet is any indication, the lack of security in device design is still quite profound.