Ripped from the Headlines: Automobile Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things
n Sunday night’s episode of the CBS television show CSI: Cyber, a hacker “cyber-jacks” automobiles—some empty, some with drivers behind the wheel—and uses them as remote-controlled cars to cause deadly crashes. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but think back to my blog post earlier this year about the security vulnerability of our cars (and other devices we use every day) that are connected to the Internet of Things. Is the premise of the television show pure fiction? Exaggeration of a minor threat for dramatic effect?
The Internet of Things — Let the Litigation Commence
Legal commentators have been speculating about how the “Internet of Things” could generate a flood of new litigation. Some of that speculation recently became reality, when plaintiffs filed a class action against a group of automakers, alleging that they sold unsafe cars because their internet connectivity creates vulnerability to hackers.
E-Discovery and the Internet of Things
It’s rare to read a legal publication these days – or even a mainstream newspaper or magazine – without coming across a story about the “Internet of Things,” or IOT. The IOT refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the internet, allowing these devices to gather, send and receive data. Examples include wearable technology like watches and fitness bands that track our pulse, how far we’ve walked, and how many calories we’ve burned. Whether it’s litigation, an internal investigation, or the defense of a regulatory matter, the IOT changes how information is discovered and used as evidence.