01 Aug IoT’s Lack of Security Could Be Disastrous Despite Promising Possibilities
Reports last Monday detailed how poor security design of IoT-based equipment inherently contributes to the demise of user privacy and safety in the current age of smart living.
At present, around 70% of IoT equipment don’t have encrypted communication, 60% lack secure programs, and 80% are bereft of complex password systems.
Because IoT is a widely-used technology found in many new devices, including IP phones, routers, webcams, smart TVs, and even baby monitors, they can also easily be used by hackers to launch DDoS bot attacks to successfully orchestrate security breaches.
For instance, in October 21 2016, over 56 kinds of IoT equipment were conscripted into 20,000 DDoS botnets, breaching major internet provider Dyn. The attack distressed online services throughout North America and Europe.
At present, the industry has yet to make IoT device security a design priority instead of an infrastructure issue by collaborating to create powerful security protocols.
Source: Gadgets 360