Designed to share information with the purchaser, another internet-connected device or a service, a wide variety of these gadgets exist, including but certainly not limited to:
• A refrigerator that takes photos of its contents each time the door is closed so the owner can check the photos while shopping to determine if a particular item needs to be purchased. And, the fridge integrates with an online shopping app to allow for grocery purchases and deliveries.
What’s the goal of these internet connected devices? Supposedly, lives will be enhanced by what these devices can accomplish by sharing data between each other and with the consumer. But, let’s look past the bells and whistles for a moment and ask what should be considered when purchasing an internet connected device. Are there factors that could impact your privacy? Could someone other than you access the device or the data the device collects?
In a recent public service announcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned that “weak security capabilities” and “lack of consumer security awareness” can provide criminals with opportunities to exploit these devices.
As more businesses and homeowners use web-connected devices to enhance company efficiency or lifestyle conveniences, their connection to the Internet also increases the target space for malicious cyber actors. Similar to other computing devices, like computers or Smartphones, IoT devices also pose security risks to consumers. The FBI is warning companies and the general public to be aware of IoT vulnerabilities cybercriminals could exploit, and offers some tips on mitigating those cyber threats.
Read the Kroll Article here
Read the FBI PSA here