Why Internet of Things (IOT) devices get hacked?

With the growing demand for smart watches, smart televisions activity trackers and other common devices working on the magic of internet, the technology named Internet of Things (IoT) is deepening its roots.

It seems evident that in the future, everything will be connected. It won’t just be our phones that access the Internet; our light bulbs, our doors, our microwaves, our comforters, our air conditioners all will get internet enabled.

Above all Windows is integrating with smart home platforms to present data about your home incorporating a chart comparing people in the house and how much they use different appliances.

Wireless interfaces are an increasingly common feature of personal medical devices because they make it easier for doctors or patients to monitor and control the devices.

We stand to see a 30-fold increase in the number of devices connected to the internet over the next five years.  The Juniper research predicted that there will be 38.5 billion connected devices by 2020 while according to Gartner the count would be nearing a mark of 30 billion.

Our homes and lives are going to get smarter!!!

The experts are speculating that devices connected to the internet are at huge risk of attack in the coming year as new risks of information use will emerge.

Attacks on webcams and cars have already been seen in the past and various proof-of-concepts have been demonstrated establishing that arbitrary code can be executed on these devices remotely by an unauthenticated attacker.

As per OWASP focused on improving the security of software the top 10 concerns affecting the freedom of Internet of Things technology are as follows:

· Insecure Web Interface
· Insufficient Authentication
· Insecure Network Services
· Lack of Transport Encryption
· Privacy Concerns
· Insecure Cloud Interface
· Insecure Mobile Interface
· Insufficient Security Configurability
· Insecure Software/Firmware
· Poor Physical Security

Exploiting vulnerable networked smart devices (e.g. smart TVs, refrigerators, etc.) as a means to get foot in the door and attack core infrastructure (laptops, workstations, servers)

This new conceptual space of Internet of Things technology is building new notions of privacy, security, assets, risks and threats. To match the popularity internet enabled devices, up-to-date security measures and regulations need to be in place to catch up with technology in 2016.

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