The truth is out there IoT is not immune to hacking.
Hackers can infiltrate thousands or even millions of unsecured devices and launch DDoS attacks.
Also those attacks can bring down networks that are extremely important to our daily lives, crippling down infrastructure that could put real human lives in jeopardy.
With the constantly evolving technology, new cybersecurity risks have to be considered by the developers of software.
IoT Is A Security Minefield
Our society is deeply entrenched on the Internet of things.
And while it has been an incredible innovation ride it also created a security minefield scenario.
Not only that but the incredible number of connected devices in one system opens the door to several access points for hackers.
There is a vast array of vulnerable devices like Webcams, routers, etc.
That provides an easy way for cybercriminals to conduct attacks while remaining anonymous.
Moreover, cyber-criminals from all over the world are looking for ways to exploit a weakness in IoT. And some individuals can use them as gateways for hacking and other cyber-attacks.
Trend Micro Research
In fact, over a period of 4 months, Trend Micro security firm researchers identified over 200m MQTT messages and more than 19m CoAP messages that were exposed “leaked” by brokers and servers.
The security firm concluded that there are many design flaws and vulnerabilities in the two most popular machine to machine particles used in IoT devices.
The company report shows the growing possibility of industrial espionage, denial of service and coordinated target attacks by abusing the vulnerabilities of those protocols.
Easely Grab Data
The scary part is that hackers could easily locate the data using simple keyword searches from which they could identify lucrative information on assets, technology, and personnel.
Trend Micro’s Vice President of cybersecurity, Greg Young explained how much of a security risk those protocols currently represent.
Even recommend for organizations to take a severe look at the security of their OT environments.
People need to be aware that those protocols weren’t designed with security in mind.
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Even a hacker with modest resources could easily exploit those design flaws and vulnerabilities.
Besides, it could conduct several damaging actions like for example denial of service attack, reconnaissance or data theft.
Consequently, the future is not bright for IoT devices. Many experts predict that by 2025 there could be as many as 75,000,000,000 connected IoT devices.
The problem is that much of the embedded firmware running on those devices are vulnerable and insecure.
Leaving the undetermined number of critical systems and data exposed.