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The Hill
December 30, 2016

If you’re shopping for the perfect gift this Christmas, you might want to avoid the electronics aisle.

If adequate electronic and cyber safeguards are not introduced, your smart home might be the very thing that kills you.

In a Dec. 9 visit to the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, a routine stop for policymakers and elected officials, United States Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco made a comment that was anything but routine.

Speaking about violent state and non-state actors, Monaco said, “…the range and diversity of vectors through which these actors are conducting malicious cyber activity [will increase]; the Internet of Things is going to pose a huge challenge that the next team will increasingly need to focus on.”

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg revealed to the world his pet project: an AI interface that responds to voice and text commands to turn off lights, play music, and activate his toaster.

All of the interactions that Zuckerberg built connect with each other through what is broadly called the “Internet of Things,” or IoT. As Monaco warned, it will become a powerful avenue for cyber-attacks at home.

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