'The rise of the "internet of things" will mean paedophiles are able to store child abuse images in smart devices, a think tank has warned.
The report suggests that innocent members of the public could see their smart fridges and TVs used as repositories for illegal abuse images by criminals.
It said that the risk is likely to grow over the next three to five years as the prevalence of the "smart" items increases and they become more sophisticated.
Fred Langford, deputy CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, which worked with cross-party think tank Demos on the report, said internet-savvy paedophiles could "scan" for vulnerable devices anywhere in the world on which to hide their images.
Householders could even end up being investigated by police who believe that abuse images belong to them because they are stored on one of their devices, he warned.
"Because of the inherent nature of the lack of security with internet of things devices as things stand, it does mean that there's a huge risk," he said.'
Read more: Paedophiles could hide abuse images in the 'internet of things', think tank warns
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