The U.S. Justice Department has formed a threat analysis team to study potential national security challenges from internet of things devices.
The goal of the group is to secure the internet of things from exploitation by “terrorist threats” and by others who might try to hack devices to cause loss of life or achieve political or economic gain, according to Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, head of the Justice Department’s national security division, Reuters reported.
Defense One also reported that Carlin announced the formation of the group during Thursday’s annual meeting of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
According to Carlin, the group, composed of about five to 10 people, did “not want to be alarmist” about new technologies such as self-driving cars, but that it wanted to identify and address security challenges presented by the internet of things before they are exploited.
To drive home his point, Carlin referenced the July truck attack in Nice, France, in which 86 people were killed, as an example of how automated driving systems could present a national security threat if they were remotely hijacked.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) recently issued a public service announcement regarding the vulnerability of connected vehicles to remote hacks.