Security of the Internet of Things
A big concern when using IoT devices is security. Hackers are always searching for new exploits, and vulnerabilities in things like wireless protocols can lead to the hacking of IoT devices such as Phillips Hue.
From the article:
“Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Dalhousie University were able to execute the chain-reaction attack by exploiting a vulnerability in the ZigBee wireless communications protocol, a widely used home automation protocol found at the core of millions of today’s most popular smart home devices — Philips Hue lighting is just one example. The infected payload was delivered by exploiting a weakness in Philips’ encryption to force an over-the-air firmware update using an “autonomous attack kit” built from “readily available equipment” costing just a few hundred dollars. In other words, anyone with the knowledge and motivation could execute a similar attack.”
As building a “smart home” becomes more and more popular, what types of risks do you think these types of vulnerabilities could lead to?