Access to home security cameras being sold en masse

October 21, 2020

IoT devices are often known to have security problems – but most people don’t think that hackers will target devices that people have come to rely on every day. Even something as innocuous as a Smart Watch can be hacked to reveal key personal information, such as locations or personal identifiable information.

Unfortunately, this can go even further, such as in the case of hacked home security cameras. A hacking group has recently been found selling footage and access to these cameras, leaving users’ privacy violated and often completely unaware of the hack. Victims of the hack are all over the world, as the group exploits the easy entry points often offered by insecure devices or home networks.

This should be a wake-up call to consumers and organisations alike. And ultimately, the organisations that produce these products and provide these services must ensure that their devices are built with cybersecurity, privacy and safety in mind. Any of these devices, from security cameras to Smart Watches to Smart Doorbells, Thermostats, and so on, can present an entry point into a home network. No organisation wants to be responsible for the exploitation of their customers’ privacy and safety.

Solutions like Angoka’s can be pivotal in changing this trend. By securing the communication between devices, our technology will be key to protecting both devices and consumers. Additionally, there are steps consumers can take to prevent hacks on their personal networks, such as regularly updating software as necessary or patching (especially if their device is found to have a vulnerability).

IoT technology is scaling rapidly – with Smart Homes and other devices becoming the norm, consumers and businesses alike must understand the potential consequences of cybersecurity gaps. Furthermore, IoT device producers must shift their way of innovating and ensure that every device design begins with security in mind.

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