Same Sh*t Different Day — Internet of Things Warnings from Security Experts Include Hacking, Death, etc.

By B.N. Frank

Whether they know ahead of time or not, people who install Internet of Things (IoT) technology in their homes are choosing to live dangerously. Unfortunately, government mandated widespread 5G and IoT technology installation forces us all to live dangerously.

Security experts have been warning about IoT for many years now.  It has a 74% failure rate.  Trying to fix this seems impossible.

The human race has managed to exist up to this point without IoT which brings us back to the topic of expert warnings and living dangerously.  Activist Post has published many articles about this including

Here’s an oldie but goodie from InfoWorld“Your smart fridge may kill you: The dark side of IoT”

Now something more recent from IEEE Spectrum“IoT Security Risks: Drones, Vibrators, and Kids’ Toys Are Still Vulnerable to Hacking”

A simple project to study compromised security cameras drew a trio of researchers deep into an investigation of the security risks of today’s connected devices. After they figured out how to bypass the camera’s authentication system and access its feed, they wondered what other devices in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) might also be vulnerable to hacking. Their list—which includes drones, children’s toys, and vibrators—raises serious concerns about the security of IoT devices.

“Our initial goal was to see if these systems were protecting the privacy of their users, but as we dug deeper into how these devices worked and how they interacted with their users, we realized that abuse was a new and unexplored possibility,” explains Alvaro Cardenas of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

They include some great videos too:

This definitely seems worth highlighting:

Among the easiest devices that the team hacked were drones that allow users to remain anonymous. A hacker within Wi-Fi range can simply connect to the drone’s Wi-Fi access point (which do not required passwords), establish a connection, and then access files transferred to and from the drone. With this access, an attacker can also take control of the drone, either to crash it, cause damage to infrastructure, injure bystanders, or spy through the drone’s camera. Details of each of these experiments are highlighted in a study published 2 August in IEEE Security & Privacy.

That sounds dangerous, doesn’t it?  And now for their expert warnings:

Based on these results, Cardenas emphasizes the need for consumers to be aware of IoT vulnerabilities. “We believe (the vulnerabilities in this study) are the tip of the iceberg. New functionalities will always come with new vulnerabilities, and as our society becomes more dependent on automation and IoT, the impact of IoT attacks will grow,” he says.

“Because the impact of these attacks won’t affect the developers of IoT, a pure market-driven solution for fixing the security problem will likely fail,” Cardenas adds. “We need more efforts from governments around the world to help us secure IoT devices by incentivizing companies and investing in research and awareness of this problem.”

Weird how IoT sounds a lot like “Insanity.”

Activist Post reports regularly about 5G and IoT research, risks, and opposition.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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