Mean-spirited hackers left residents shivering when they launched a recent DDoS attack on the heating systems at two apartment blocks in Finland. Using IoT devices, the cyber attack disabled the computer systems that control the buildings’ central heating and hot water distribution. Once the affected smart home systems had been disconnected from the internet, the heating began to function normally again.
This kind of IoT attack is made easier because of reluctance amongst property companies and private home owners to invest in network firewalls. On a somewhat grander scale, a similar attack recently took the whole of Liberia offline. Yes, you read that correctly. So when are we going to see legislated minimum security standards for IoT implemented?