German Lawmaker Sees Renewed Focus on Safety for Internet Devices

Talks on forming a new German government offer a chance to revive plans that would put the onus on network operators and device makers to make the so-called Internet of Things safe from hacker attacks, a senior lawmaker told Reuters. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s last government tried to pass legislation to strengthen the anti-botnet regime but the initiative failed due to internal disagreements over whether equipment makers should be held liable for damages from such attacks.