Legislator Mulls Regulation for Internet of Things

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In October, using new techniques and new cyber weapons, attackers disrupted several major websites all over the U.S. As a result, legislators have been hearing calls for regulating the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, the Chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee has shown an openness to regulating IoT devices.

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Rep. Greg Walden
Rep. Greg Walden

Specifically, regarding regulating IoT devices, U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R) of Oregon said, “While I am not taking a certain level of regulation off the table the question is whether we need a more holistic approach.”

The unparalleled, massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack against Dyn’s managed infrastructure severely disrupted major websites, such as Amazon, CNN, HBO, Netflix, The New York Times, and Twitter.

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