The latest example of Internet of Things vulnerability is the hacking of a casino through the thermostat in its fish tank. The attackers gained control of a database of high-stake clients by using the tank’s internet-connected heating system to access the casino network.
With an increasing number of everyday appliances linked to the IoT, the potential for hacking is expanding rapidly – without a commensurate growth in defence systems. Many devices, particularly at the cheaper end of the market, have built-in security standards that are wholly inadequate.
Smart fridges, vacuum cleaners, webcams, air conditioning units, even security devices such as CCTV cameras, are all proving vulnerable. It seems unlikely that manufacturers will take steps to tighten up on IoT security unless governments force their hand through tougher legislation.