Securing the Internet of Things

Securing the Internet of Things: Part 1

We are in the booming phase of the Internet of Things (IoT) and, with it, beginning to be aware of the security risks it is vulnerable to. These historical IoT security hacks should give us some perspective: Between 2006–2010, attackers created the Stuxnet virus, designed to damage Iranian centrifuges by targeting their SCADA systems. In 2013, hackers were able to exploit and utilize millions of IoT devices to create a botnet. More than 25% of the zombies in the botnet were made up of devices like smart TVs and baby monitoring systems. In 2015, researchers hacked into a running JEEP’s computer system, managed to engage/disengage the brakes, and cut the driver off his own car.