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A recent news coverage in the US exposes the relevance for the need of security in IoT.
In a recent forbes.com article
the true depth of how serious security is within IoT has become relevant. It
involves the use of one of the very common surveillance camera sold by
China-based Foscam and the terrified families who became a victim of a hacker
who decided to scare the living daylights out of children being monitored.
Sergey Shekyan, 36, and Artem Harutyunyan, 29 - two Armenian software
engineers go into detail exactly how the units were circumvented and expose
a number of massive security holes that exist; unfortunately, this may not be
the only devices who lack security measures. It seems time-to-market has
overseen any real care for security and privacy - but then again, what can
you expect from a $40 surveillance camera?
While this may be a case where a consumer orientated device has been
circumvented for the sick humor of a specific individual - it does raise
the question around being able to trust information from IoT devices. A lot
of tinker kits like the arduino, raspberry pi and others are quite easy to
program with the right tools. Will it be sufficient to simply define more
secure protocols or possibly even look at the notion of building IoT devices
that can securely at as end-points for the gathering information from sensors.
At some point; there will need to be collaborations between governments,
enterprises and standards organisations to establish a set of regulations
that will be suitable for the IoT field.
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