The Internet of Things is promising a heady future of connected homes and connected businesses but hackers are currently threatening the outcome, according to a new study from multinational tech firm Hewlett-Packard.
The study looked at 10 kinds of Internet of Things gadgets, such as smart TVs, webcams and thermostats, and found 70% of all Internet of Things devices are hackable.
It found there was average of 25 different vulnerable points in each device, meaning 250 vulnerabilities across just 10 devices. That’s a lot of legroom for hackers to move, and may point to a potential future in which people’s entire homes can be hacked.
The problems involved things like password strength, encryption software and a general lack of security checks for using the devices.
HP said in a statement: “Late last year, we were hearing a lot about Internet of Things, and a bit about IoT security, but had not seen anything that focused on the complete picture of IoT security, i.e. all the various surface areas that represent the IoT ecosystem. So, we decided to start the OWASP Internet of Things Top 10 Project, which aims to educate on the main facets of Internet of Things Security that people should be concerned with.
“Then earlier this year, we decided to use that project as a baseline for testing the top 10 IoT devices being used today. We bought them, shipped them to Craig Smith’s home lab, and beat up on them for around three weeks.”
The biggest areas of weakness were:
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