Smart devices are designed to make everyday life more comfortable, but at the same time, they can pose a significant risk in terms of cybersecurity, showed an interesting experiment conducted by the British non-profit organization Which? together with experts from the NCC Group and the Global Cyber Alliance.
As part of the study, experts set up and connected to the Internet an imaginary “smart” home, which includes various devices – from smart TVs and thermostats to CCTV cameras, printers and “smart” kettles. The experiment was carried out for several months and in the first week the number of hacking and scan attempts was relatively small – 1017, but already in June, the figure exceeded 12 thousand attacks per week. Of these, 2,435 incidents were associated with attempts to log in to devices with unreliable credentials (admin/admin).
In most cases, attacks were blocked by device security settings, experts said. The most targeted were an Epson printer, an ieGeek wireless camera, a Samsung smart TV and the Yale smart home security system. Most of the scanning and attack attempts were made from the United States, India, Russia, the Netherlands and China.
In one case, experts noticed that someone had access to the ieGeek camcorder used in the experiment and was able to view the video footage as well as change the settings. Experts tried to contact the manufacturer of the device but to no avail. They eventually turned to Amazon and the company took the camera out of the market.
The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international project aimed at eradicating cyber risks. The GCA was formed in September 2015 by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, London City Police and the Internet Security Center to bring global communities together, deploy solutions to combat systemic cyber risks, and determine the actions needed to address those solutions.
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