A bill proposing safety guidelines for federal internet of things purchases passed the House Monday, with senators hoping a corresponding bill will soon follow – and potentially influence IoT development standards at large.

Discussing the new bill, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., noted the lack of security baked into IoT products could have broad national effects.

"We all remember the Mirai botnet that attacked us back in 2016," he said to reporters Tuesday during a press call. Mirai, software that turned consumer security cameras into DDoS nightmares ultimately crashed Netflix, The New York Times and Twitter in one afternoon.

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