IoT Vulnerabilities Have Doubled In 6 Years

Everything from washing machines to lamps, home assistants to coffee machines seem to have the capability to connect to the internet.

The Internet of Things (IOT) has slowly started to infiltrate our daily lives.

Although it helps in our day to day lives, it could be leaving the back door wide open for cyber criminals to exploit.

But what does IoT mean to me?

Sure it’s convenient that you could set your washing machine going just before you leave the office for the day. But clean clothes doesn’t necessarily equate to good cyber hygiene.

A study conducted in 2013 by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) entitled ‘SOHOplessly Broken 1.0‘ highlighted 52 vulnerabilities across 13 SOHO wireless routers and network-attached storage devices made be various vendors.

The ISE conducted the same survey in September this year, and found that there were 125 common vulnerabilities or exposure. An increase of over 60% in 6 years.

This research proved detrimental to 90% of the IoT devices ISE then went on to target as part of their research. 12 of the 13 devices they tested they were able to gain access to.

Joshua Meyer, ISE Research, said:

“We were expecting to find issues in the devices; however, the number and severity of the issues exceeded those expectations.

“Our first reaction to a lot of our findings was: ‘it can’t really be this easy, right?‘”

So what does this mean for me?

As we become more and accustomed to our homes being filled with gadgets that connect to our Wifi at home, hackers will start to come with with ways to exploit these vulnerabilities and like ISE, infiltrate our home networks to gather personal information which can then be used for an ulterior motive.

We need to be aware that a home assistant may be a good thing, and a washing machine that you control with your smartphone is extremely handy, but these conveniences are leaving you vulnerable to cyber crime.

Do you have devices in your office/home that connect to the Wifi? How secure do you think they are?