Hewlett-Packard (HP) has released a study about the Internet of Things that examined 10 different smart devices, including webcams, smart TVs and thermostats to see if they were vulnerable to standard software hacking methods. Well, they were. Each object had roughly 25 vulnerabilities according to HP.
8 out of the 10 devices in the study did not require any sort of password to protect the information they gather, which puts users at great risk of having their personal information intercepted and saved via cloud services. Since IoT smart devices are becoming more and more common, it is predicted that by the year 2020, over 25 billion smart devices will be available out on the market. Each manufacturer of these objects must take security extremely seriously going forward, as a lack of privacy is something that can easily dissuade consumers from purchasing products.
Information such as name, address, date of birth, health information and credit card numbers are collected by these devices and applications, meaning that identity theft or any other harmful use of this information is something to be concerned about moving forward.
HP made a couple of suggestions towards the manufacturers of smart devices, including:
- Conduct a security review of your device and all associated components.
- Implement security standards that all devices must meet before production.
- Ensure security is a consideration throughout the product lifecycle.
If you’re interested in reading the full study, please follow this link: