I predict there will be a major hack to a connected devices, causing havoc and putting a temporary damper on the stampede towards the Internet of Things. It will be widespread, as the hackers will want to show just how vulnerable we are. This will be a temporary setback, and the precise impact will depend on the severity of the damage done — but the Internet of Things development will continue.
In a related note, it will be revealed that the government has experimenting with novel ways to conduct surveillance using these connected devices. My biggest bet is that LEDs used to light public areas will be the first discovered, but there may be even more zany or creative approaches.
These issues will create a groundswell of public support for greater security and controls on the use of connected devices and IoT.
[Editor’s Note: This post is part of the annual “Cutter Predicts …” series.]