Is your Oven spying on you?

Uncover the risks of IoT, from hacking threats to privacy invasion and ransomware attacks. Learn how to safeguard your security and privacy amidst the growing concerns surrounding IoT technology.


12/13/20233 min read

What is IoT?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a growing phenomenom. It's network of interconnected devices, designed to make our lives convenient. Often referred to as "smart appliances", they are connected to the internet. Wich means they can be controlled and monitored remotely. From smart home devices to wearable technology, IoT became common in our daily lives. But, as with any new technology, there are concerns about the security and privacy implications of IoT. In this article, we will explore the danger of IoT devices for privacy, security, and the steps that can be taken to protect our privacy.

The Big Brother

One of the main concerns about IoT devices is the potential for them to be hacked. As these devices are connected to the internet, they are vulnerable to attacks from hackers. Then they can exploit vulnerabilities in the devices' software or hardware. For example, in 2018, a security researcher discovered that a popular baby monitor, the MiCam, was vulnerable to simple spy attacks. This allowed hackers to access the camera's feed and potentially monitor the baby.

Pay or get played

Another concern about IoTs is the potential for them to be used for malicious purposes. One of it could be ransomware attacks. In 2020, a hacker was able to turn a 250-coffee maker into a ransomware machine, demanding payment in exchange for restoring access to the device. This type of attack is becoming increasingly common as hackers look for new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in IoT devices.

No privacy for thee

Besides to the problems listed above, there are also concerns about the privacy IoTs. Many IoT devices collect and send data about their users. These may include data include location and personal information. This data can be used to track and watch individuals, raising concerns about privacy and surveillance.

In 2019, a researcher discovered that a vulnerability in a popular smart lock. It could be exploited to unlock doors and gain access to homes. This type of attack highlights the potential for IoT devices to be used for malicious purposes, such as burglary.

Another example of the privacy implications of IoT devices is the use of facial recognition technology. In 2018, a researcher discovered that Amazon Echo was using facial recognition to identify users. This raised concerns about the potential for the device to be used for surveillance and tracking.

And this so it doesn't get boring.

Just use dumb appliances

Overall, the danger of IoT devices for privacy and security is a growing concern. As these devices become more common in our daily lives, it is important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to protect ourselves. This includes using strong passwords, keeping software up to date. Also being cautious about the data that these devices collect and send to third parties. By taking these steps, we can help to ensure that our IoT devices are used in a safe and secure manner.

But this is cool and all, but fun ends when someone still manages to exploit your smart TV, oven or coffee maker. Maybe just use dumb appliances.

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