Hackers & IoT Devices

The 17th Annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference wraps up today in Las Vegas. The conference rallies hackers, cybersecurity researchers and feds to discuss the latest hacks and newly found bugs. The hottest topic this year: challenging the security of Internet of Things (IoT).

IoT refers to the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing like devices within the existing Internet infrastructure. A few examples include smart TVs, webcams, wearable technologies, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controls and automatic door locks, a natural target for hackers. According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020 and ABI Research estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the IoT by 2020. And, while the IoT marketplace is forecasting to grow exponentially, plenty of us are already connected.

Is it easy to hack common IoT devices? Apparently so. A study by HP reveals that 70 percent of the most common IoT devices had security vulnerabilities ranging from the recent Heartbleed bug to weak password requirements. How Safe is your Quantified Self, a report by Symantec “found security risks in a large number of self-tracking devices and applications,” including the finding that “all of the wearable activity-tracking devices examined, including those from leading brands, are vulnerable to location tracking.”

What happens if your fitness tracker gets hacked? According to Symantec, the perpetrators could know:

• Mileage you are covering

• When and where you usually go running

• Where you live

• Your age, sex, height, and weight

• Your heart rate

• Your altitude

• Where and when you are on vacation

Curious to see how wearable technologies, smartphones, apps and social media have changed the way people use the Internet and interact with technology? Check out this infographic by 4A’s and Statista:

4As Statista Wearable tech

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