In case you haven’t been paying attention, cyber-criminals are getting more and more sophisticated. Poorly secured webcams and other Internet-connected devices (even camcorders and baby monitors) are already being used as tools for cyberattacks. A huge denial-of-service attack in October that knocked out much of the Web for users in the eastern U.S. relied on a botnet made up of these kinds of unsecured, hacked devices (a botnet is an army of “zombie computers” controlled by hackers). Now, security experts are warning Congress about the “catastrophic risks” posed by the proliferation of “insecure things” on the Internet. One example they gave: Computers in hospitals are used to manage elevators and ventilation systems—and they could be hacked. Although there is widespread agreement among security experts that the government needs to “do something,” manufacturers lack incentives to prioritize security. READ MORE