F-Secure: IoT attacks doubled in 2018, devices are ‘easy prey’

Cybersecurity experts F-Secure have released a report which claims history may remember 2018 as the ‘turning point’ in IoT threats.

In 2018, the firm witnessed double the number of IoT threats as the previous year. The rapid proliferation of connected devices is making the IoT an ever more appetising target for hackers.

Here's the rapid growth in attacks since 2002 detected by F-Secure’s network of ‘honeypot’ servers:

By Ryan Daws, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Healthcare, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Ericsson IoT chief on AI, 5G, and connecting 'things' instead of ‘a thing’

We spoke to Ericsson IoT Head Jeff Travers during MWC 2019 about where the industry is heading and how emerging technologies are opening new possibilities.

A running theme of this year’s event was how technologies such as the IoT, 5G, AI, and blockchain are converging in powerful ways. Last year was a lot of talk about their potential, this year we’re seeing more actual deployments.

Transportation is one area where the IoT is having a major impact. The morning of our interview, Ericsson announced...

Google is building a smart city from the (under)ground up

Connecting local infrastructure to make it ‘smart’ is not ambitious enough for Google, so it’s building an entire city itself.

We first heard of Google's plans in 2017 but details were scarce. Now we're getting a bit more information along with some renders of what it should look like.

A group within Alphabet, Google's parent company, is technically behind the project. Sidewalk Labs “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Report: Half of IoT device apps leave users vulnerable

A paper distributed on ArXiv last week analysed the concerning lack of security when it comes to IoT device apps.

The security issues plaguing IoT devices themselves are well-documented. Security often seems to be an afterthought in the rush to market.

While there’s been a recent explosion in connected devices, app development has been around much longer. The mature development industry has created best practices to help ensure security, but it seems the note hasn’t reached IoT device app...

By Ryan Daws, 04 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Japan's law now allows it to hack people’s IoT devices

Japan has approved a law amendment which allows government officials to hack into people’s Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The amendment is part of a survey investigating the number of vulnerable IoT devices carried out by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) under the supervision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC).

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

McAfee and Verizon partner to secure home IoT devices

Verizon has partnered with cybersecurity experts McAfee to secure IoT devices around the home against increasing threats.

McAfee’s solution will be provided through Verizon’s Home Network Protection (HNP) to protect devices connected to the home network. New devices will be identified while unauthorised access will be blocked.

Any device acting suspiciously will have its internet access temporarily stopped. Halting network access prevents further infection while stopping the device being hijacked...

By Ryan Daws, 07 January 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

‘White Hat’ hacker speaks to man through his IoT camera

A so-called ‘white hat’ hacker spoke to a man through his Nest camera to warn him of the dangers IoT devices can possess.

The man, Andy Gregg – an estate agent in Arizona – was in his garden when he first heard the voice who claimed to be from Canada.

In order to alleviate what could be a terrifying situation, the hacker quickly made clear there was no malicious intent.

Gregg recorded the conversation in which the hacker can be heard saying:

“We don’t...

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Mozilla assesses the security of this season’s IoT gifts

Mozilla has released the 2018 edition of its 'Privacy Not Included' guide which assesses the security of IoT gifts this festive season.

The guide breaks down whether each device is safe and can be trusted, especially when it comes to gifts designed for children.

We’ve already seen things such as connected teddy bears being hacked. Mozilla is warning people to steer clear of the Fredi Baby Monitor citing its lack of encryption, use of the default password ‘123’, no privacy policy, and...

By Ryan Daws, 15 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Digital twins create a building’s mirror image – but there is one thing missing

According to the study titled "Unternehmenstrends 2020" (Company Trends 2020) published by the GdW (Federal Association of German Housing and Real Estate), tenants will be in direct digital communication with property management companies in the future. Digitally collected building data allows operators to monitor technical installations in real time and carry out necessary work just as quickly. At the same time, they can offer their tenants services that...

By Armin Anders, 24 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Opinion: Television still has the power to connect the home

When it comes to the home, and specifically the technology at the heart of most people’s homes, the television has a big role to play.

On average, people spend more time interacting with television than any other single activity. Of course, we aren’t all sitting down to watch scheduled programmes in the way families did in previous decades, at least not most of the time, but rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

If an argument was to be made for the single medium at the centre of the...

By Jeff Hunter, 24 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.