A rapidly changing technology can leave opportunities for exploitation; authorities cannot always predict potential problems, meaning there is a brief window between a criminal discovering a security issue and authorities finding the best way to deal with it. Occasionally a general idea of future problems can be investigated in advance. Online attempts at people’s lives are one of several issues under investigation.
Assassinating somebody over the internet is not too far-fetched. Medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can have wireless controls. Hacking into that control could allow a terrorist to assassinate a person from a great distance. And it might even pass as death from natural causes. Us politician Dick Cheney had his wireless function removed from his defibrillator for this very reason.
The Internet of things (IoE) may present countless opportunities to be exploited by criminals. A few possible means of attack can be predicted in advance, and countermeasures taken; but there may be problems not apparent till it is too late. Anything medical can be a risk. Just finding an individual’s allergy and poisoning them is not difficult, though this requires some physical interaction and not just the computer access. But controlling thermostats and freezing people to death, or suffocating them by shutting down the air conditioners while they sleep; these are feasible under some conditions.
International boarders and the world wide reach of the net have had more than a few clashes over the years. What is legal in one country can be criminal in another, causing issues if a person from the first country performs action s over the net that affect a second country. But even if an action is illegal in both countries there are the jurisdictions of the country’s authorities to consider.