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New cybercrime wave drives IoT security spending

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 15, 2015.

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    The FBI recently issued a Public Service Announcement saying that as more businesses and homeowners use web-connected devices to enhance company efficiency or lifestyle conveniences, their connection to the Internet also increases the target space for malicious cyber actors.

    The announcement points out the following Internet of Things devices:

    • Automated devices which remotely or automatically adjust lighting or HVAC.
    • Security systems, such as security alarms or Wi-Fi cameras, including video monitors used in nursery and daycare settings.
    • Medical devices, such as wireless heart monitors or insulin dispensers
      Thermostats.
    • Wearables, such as fitness devices.
    • Lighting modules which activate or deactivate lights.
    • Smart appliances, such as smart refrigerators and TVs.
    • Office equipment, such as printers.
    • Entertainment devices to control music or television from a mobile device.
    • Fuel monitoring systems.

    The FBI says deficient security capabilities and difficulties for patching vulnerabilities in these devices, as well as a lack of consumer security awareness, provide cyber actors with opportunities to exploit these devices. Criminals can use these opportunities to remotely facilitate attacks on other systems, send malicious and spam e-mails, steal personal information, or interfere with physical safety.

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