The security of the Internet of Things is fundamentally broken. Developers and manufacturers understandably are eager to get their new hi-tech products to market and unfortunately often overlook security, instead operating under the misapprehension that security-by-obscurity in their proprietary systems will do. The problem is that security researchers, and those with more malicious intent, can almost always extract binary code from the device memory via JTAG or similar in-circuit debugging facilities, or find it online in the form of updates, and reverse engineer via one of the many tools readily available.
It was coming up to 9am Saturday morning in London. In California, nearly 1am.I was sitting in front of some family-friendly sitcom with my Macbook open. On one tab was a login page for a security alarm carrying the logo for family-owned Martinez, CA CA +1.48%., provider Bay Alarm. Beyond that login page was the control panel for the security system for East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), which works with kids from ages six to young adults aged up to 24. Based just over 5,000 miles away from my present location, it’s the kind of altruistic organization no one wants to see attacked.
When Pendl wanted a second home for road trips, Airstream was the clear choice: it matched his own love for modern and industrial aesthetics. He picked the International Sterling model for its especially contemporary interior, what he calls “a sleek…interpretation of that classic Americana style.” But there was a hitch: this retro-futuristic dwelling couldn’t support present-day security systems.Due to due to liability concerns, security companies won’t typically install their products homes on wheels. Luckily Pendl already had some experience with smart technology systems
Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply
Carlos Espinosa, a design professional based in Boulder, Colorado, has a completely decked-out “smart” home – light switches he can control from his mobile phone, a security system, moisture detectors that alert him to leaks and integrated stereo speakers.The most life-changing aspect of this set-up? Espinosa says it is how the porch lights turn on when he rounds the corner to his home late at night, responding to a command from his phone. The front door also unlocks as he approaches.
Shodan has made it even easier for our inner voyeur to spy upon the open webcams of homes across the world — but are the ramifications more pronounced than idle surveillance?Launched in 2013, Shodan is a search engine used to find Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices around the world. Webcams, security systems and routers are only some of the devices which, once connected to the Web, can offer a glimpse into our lives behind locked doors should poor security turn the key.
Energy infrastructure, street lighting, security services, health outcomes, and more will receive a technological overhaul for Denver’s Peña Station NEXT project.”[The] smart-city experiment known as the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town is coming to Denver from Japan,” reports Tamara Chuang.
The Internet of Things has been in the news, home security systems, connected cars, smart cities, and environmental controls. Less publicized, but no less important, is IoT in manufacturing and other enterprise applications. IoT technologies are surfacing faster than government and other organizations can keep up. Weaknesses are already evident with standards, interoperability, security and privacy, and legal and economic issues. If you thought IoT is about deploying sensors and controls and processing the data, you have underestimated the impact of IoT. If you are new to IoT, I explain what IoT is in Are You New to IoT?
Of all the technologies showcased at the annual CES event in Las Vegas, Internet of Things (IoT) has been getting more attention than any other for the past few years. While these technologies may have previously seemed limited to just the talks, at least one of the aspects of IoT is looking more tangible now than ever. From Samsung to Amazon, there have been several devices, showcasing us to interact with our appliances through tablets plastered over smart fridges to talking to vehicles and security cameras. What has caught the attention of the entire industry today is the possible upcoming dynamic duo of smart home: Samsung and Microsoft.
The Institute’s December special report is dedicated to that once-futuristic vision of a smart home that anticipates our needs, keeps us healthy, and saves us money. IEEE is working to make this vision a reality. Readers wanted to know more about the implementation, standards, and security for smart homes. Here to answer your questions are three experts in the field.