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The 10 Most Vulnerable IoT Security Targets

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  • The security used in many medical devices and hospitals lags behind that used in many other industries.
  • As more buildings become connected, the risk for exploits increases.
  • Surveillance cameras are intended to make us more secure, and many cities across the U.S. have installed them, thanks to grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Last year, Tripwire announced the results of a study conducted by Atomic Research that found that retail security lags behind that of many other sectors.
  • The building industry has been slower than many to embrace digital technology.

From autos to video cameras, the Internet of Things is exponentially increasing the number of potential targets for cyber-criminals.

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The 10 Most Vulnerable IoT Security Targets

Brian Buntz Jul 27, 2016

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1. Industrial Facilities

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There is already an account of a hacked German steel mill, which caused massive damage to the facility.

2. Cars

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Two cybersecurity experts caused a ruckus in 2015 when they took control over a Jeep as it was cruising down the freeway. Although that was a stunt for Wired, the attack showed the potential for how dangerous such attacks could be in theory and led to its recall of 1.4 million vehicles.

3. Video Cameras

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Surveillance cameras are intended to make us more secure, and many cities across the U.S. have installed them, thanks to grants from the Department of Homeland Security. But the wireless networks used for transferring video signals can be insecure.

4. IoT-Enabled Spying and Potential for Cyberwarfare

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“Science fiction cyber-war is here,” according to Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney whose recent Zero Days flick examines that Stuxnet worm that was far more advanced than ordinary malware.

5. Power Grids and Utilities

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In January, Ukraine accused Russian hackers of shutting down almost a quarter of its power infrastructure, knocking out at least 30 of its 135 power substations.

6. Buildings

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The building industry has been slower than many to embrace digital technology. But that is beginning to change quickly as building automation technology rapidly gains in popularity. As more buildings become connected, the risk for exploits increases.

7. City Infrastructure and Transportation Networks

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Last year, Cesar Cerrudo, CTO of IOActive Labs proclaimed that many cities risk cyberattacks—even those who don’t consider themselves to be so-called “smart cities.”

8. Medical Devices and Hospitals

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The security used in many medical devices and hospitals lags behind that used in many other industries. Not long ago, it was a common occurrence for some medical devices to have hard-coded passwords.

9. Airplanes

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Last year, Chris Roberts, a security researcher at One World Labs, made headlines after boasting that he hacked into a United Airlines jet and modified code on the craft’s thrust management computer while onboard.

10. Retail Stores and Databases

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Last year, Tripwire announced the results of a study conducted by Atomic Research that found that retail security lags behind that of many other sectors.

The 10 Most Vulnerable IoT Security Targets