Security: Computer scientists develop tool to make the Internet of Things safer
Computer scientists have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security — a first for the field. There is a big push to create the so-called Internet of Things, where all devices are connected and communicate with one another. As a result, embedded systems — small computer systems built around microcontrollers — are becoming more common. But they remain vulnerable to security breaches. Some examples of devices that may be hackable: medical devices, cars, cell phones and smart grid technology.