Date: 2016-10-23 06:21 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] brong
The answer is the same as it is for things plugged into the electricity sockets in your home. At least in Australia they are required by law to meet certain standards before you can legally plug them in:

Hobbyists are allowed to do some stuff themselves, but not allowed to sell it.

Likewise, home routers could be legally required to meet certain standards before being allowed to be plugged in, and that could include having a separate network for iOT devices in which they are required to pre-register hosts they wish to communicate with and be approved before they could be used.

And use the existing legal framework that we have here and probably in most countries for fines and recalls of faulty equipment which doesn't meet the standards, and fines for hobbyists who build their own without it being up to scratch.

As for countries which don't enforce protections against DDoS. Yes, the only solution is to cut them off or rate limit their egress. The current situation where a single actor can, with complete anonymity, take anyone but a handful of giant organisations entirely off the air is broken. When they get powerful enough to take all the DNS roots out at the same time, we're really screwed.
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