Is ‘The Internet Of Things’ A Gateway For Hackers?

Is ‘The Internet Of Things’ A Gateway For Hackers?

We all probably remember “the Great Jeep Hack” a couple weeks back. Just days before that event, news of the Ashley Madison data breach made the headlines. More recently, the Android-based Stagefright exploit came to light, which echoed many before it, like Shellshock. Of course, we can’t forget about the big iCloud hack of 2014 either. That one made a bunch of celebrities blush (to say the least). Most recently, hackers were able to take control of a Tesla Model S similar to the aforementioned Jeep hack.

These are just some of the recent hacks that involve connected devices or ‘the Internet of Things’ as it’s being called. From smartphones to refrigerators, it seems like everything is ‘connected’ in this day and age. In fact, there is a major marketing ploy to expand ‘the connected lifestyle’. Unfortunately, all connected devices are hackable. This includes thermostats, smoke alarms, automobile controls systems, and more. Know this fact, and act accordingly. Convenience is great, but it comes with a cost. Nowadays, even a skateboard can be hacked.

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avatar KALE: A geek who works in the IT Security field and lives in Dallas, TX. He is also a music geek who has played in several local bands. Previous to his IT career, Kale worked as a photojournalist. He brings technical advice and artistic counterpoint to the podcast.