If you haven’t heard of the Internet of Things, think Smart Cars, think drones, think of your electrical company’s Smart meter, think of that dog collar that allows you to find your lost dog. The Internet of Things (also known as the Internet of Everything) is basically any device that uses the wifi signal to transmit information.
The problem is that in an effort to get these kinds of solutions out to the consumer, companies are not considering the security implications like they should. The most basic form of protection on your computer is your anti-virus. However, manufacturers connecting everything from insulin pumps to baby monitors have not enabled these devices to use this most basic form of protection. Even worse, they have not built in ways for devices to even receive patches if a hacker compromises your system. Your only recourse in many cases is to turn the device off or replace it. Think of the cost to replace your Smart TV or automobile – yikes.
The Economist recently published a short article on this very issue. Please take five minutes to read it and you’ll understand why we’re going to be talking about this again, but hopefully without a consumer’s loss, including loss of life.
In my next post, I’ll be discussing this new threat as it relates to automobiles. (Yes, someone has figured out how to run your car remotely, with you still in it!!)