“Over a decade long vulnerability found and exposed’
The emerging Internet of Things market (IoT) connects WiFi networked devices that operate many different systems automatically. While this is an incredibly simplifying and innovative process, the security of these devices becomes critical as they are integrated into more and more of our everyday life. The finding of a twelve-year-old vulnerability shakes the security confidence of the industry, and leaves our personal data at risk. The uptick in recent hacks has illustrated the need for more advanced security protocols in order to offset the risk that is now being posed.
“Millions of devices could be at risk”
Default administration settings on IoT capable device may allow hackers access to eCommerce accounts that leave them vulnerable to cyberattacks. This has been an issue for about a decade, when Akami Technologies observed cyber-attacks that challenged user’s basic username and password preferences.
“Potential customer data theft causes delays and concerns”
Hackers may have gained credit card information, names and internal verification information on thousands of customers from July to September of this year. Website purchases have remained safe; however, in-store purchasers may have been compromised. An investigation by the firm has been launched to find where the hack may have originated.
“Facebook, Instagram and Twitter among firms involved”
High profile social media sites have been giving police agencies information related to the monitoring of protesters. Geofeedia, the tool in question, harvests social media posts and surveils the account associated and reports it to over 500 agencies, according to an ACLU report.