By 2014, the Internet will be the death of us all

Enjoy 2012 and 2013 while you can; a security firm says the Internet will soon put us all at risk of an untimely end

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"Over the last couple of years, device makers have finally started to pay attention to the security of medical systems," he says. "Having your pacemaker hacked makes for a good story, but climbing into a car and driving to the grocery store -- or even the heart condition the pacemaker is there to fix -- are greater risks to your health. I'd predict, however, that the No. 1 cause of Internet-related fatalities in 2014 will be health problems from being sedentary for hours on end while online."

IID's other big prediction for 2014: Even if the Internet doesn't kill you, it is likely to pick your pocket via insecure near-field communications (NFC) apps.

"The [number] of banking and point of sale e-commerce apps that are being developed utilizing NFC is astronomical," said IID Vice President of Threat Intelligence Paul Ferguson. "This is a gold mine for cybercriminals and we have already seen evidence that they are working to leverage these apps to siphon money."

The company also predicts more widespread attacks from government-generated malware, a successful hack attack on the power grid or other major infrastructure, and some attacker hijacking military drones.

Cheery folks, the crew at IID. And I bet you were worried about what awful things people were predicting for 2013. They don't seem so bad now, compared to being killed by the Internet.

If you were going to dispatch someone via the Net, how would you do it? Post your fiendish plans below or email me: cringe@infoworld.com.

This article, "By 2014, the Internet will be the death of us all," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.

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