It’s time to regulate baby monitors
The internet was designed to withstand a nuclear attack. But its creators never imagined that baby monitors, toasters and smart TVs could bring it to its knees. We need to make sure that the devices that make up the internet of things can’t be used in the kind of attack that almost broke the internet late last month.
For reasons that I will explain later, that probably means regulating the devices.
First, though, some internet history. At the height of the Cold War, in the early 1960s, the RAND Corp.’s Paul Baran set out to design a military network that could survive a nuclear attack. He wanted to ensure that endpoints could communicate with one another in the face of catastrophic damage wreaked by nuclear weapons. His idea: build a widely distributed, packet-switching network that could route communications around destroyed hardware.