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This work discusses the advantages and disadvantages of implementing the vision of the Internet of Things using a distributed approach. In this approach, all entities (ranging from data acquisition networks to centralized cloud-based infrastructures) can have the ability to retrieve, process, combine, and provide information and services to other entities. Moreover, in this work we analyze the impact of the distributed IoT principles (collaboration between entities, edge intelligence) over the existing threats and attacker models, and also study the influence of these principles in the integration of the different security mechanisms. We conclude that, while there are many challenges that need to be solved, the distributed approach can bring numerous benefits to the Internet of Things, such as better privacy controls.