FBI Concerned about the Internet of Things

It is very hard to keep up with everything internet related. We think the authorities are able and capable to keep up, but as the FBI reported they are more than concerned about the Internet of Things>

What is the Internet of Things?

According to WIKI (ACCURACY MAY BE AN ISSUE)

The term “Internet of Things” was coined by British entrepreneur Kevin Ashton in 1999. Typically, IoT is expected to offer advanced connectivity of devices, systems, and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and covers a variety of protocols, domains, and applications. The interconnection of these embedded devices (including smart objects), is expected to usher in automation in nearly all fields, while also enabling advanced applications like a Smart Grid, and expanding to the areas such as Smart city.

Things, in the IoT, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters,]automobiles with built-in sensors, or field operation devices that assist fire-fighters in search and rescue.These devices collect useful data with the help of various existing technologies and then autonomously flow the data between other devices. Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that utilize Wi-Fi for remote monitoring.

S0, what we have is the ability to control everything, great, but what happens if somebody gains control of EVERYTHING?

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From Network World

“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,” the FBI warns. “Similar to other computing devices, like computers or Smartphones, IoT devices also pose security risks to consumers.”

The FBI cites “deficient security capabilities and difficulties for patching vulnerabilities in these devices, as well as a lack of consumer security awareness,” with giving cybercrooks an opening to plot attack and steal information.

The Universal Plug and Play protocol (UPnP) is particularly vulnernable, as are devces with default passwords and open Wi-Fi connections, the FBI states.
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