vulnerable IoT devices

IoT Devices Are Vulnerable To Malware

With the uncontrolled spread of malware and ransomware, the future of IoT devices looks incredibly bleak. Vulnerable IoT devices pose dangerous threats to our digital lives and to our online privacy and security.

Cyber attacks have been at their peak this year. Apart from the hacking of major websites and services, the recent WannaCry ransomware caused a terrible stir around the globe, when more than 75,000 systems were affected in more than 150 countries.

WannaCry ransomware proved almost fatal to the services of multiple hospitals, which relied on computer servers to store and regulate their data. Users found their most important files encrypted, and threats were passed by the developers of this Ransomware that they’ll delete these files if people fail to pay up the Ransomware amount.

Now imagine if a similar thing happens to an IoT controlled environment. Vulnerable IoT devices will store our data and monitor our daily activities. Today, our smartphones know more about us than even the people who are most close to us.

These devices, if hacked, can become incredibly fatal to the peace surrounding our daily lives.

How dangerous can vulnerable IoT devices be to your daily lives?

Imagine of you’ve installed IoT connected security cameras inside your house. These cameras record everything happening inside your home. Since these devices remain connected to the internet at all times, you never know when a hacker or cybercriminal hacks into these device and monitors your daily activities.

These include the monitoring of your daily habits as well as any intimate actions happening inside your place. All of these can then be used against you. You may receive calls from strangers blackmailing you and demanding huge sums in return for keeping your private data hidden from outside public. And if you fail to meet up with their demands, you may find your private videos published on the internet, available to any person who is interested in viewing them.

This is not all! In the future, when IoT will govern how your coffee machine, alarm clock and other electrical appliances shall operate, vulnerable IoT devices will make your life no less than a living hell. Your smartphone device may send vulgar and rude messages to your boss and colleagues without your knowledge, or you may receive pizza deliveries at your place which you didn’t even order.

These and all are only some examples which explain the extent of danger we’d be in if we bring in vulnerable IoT devices in our daily lives.

The following is an interesting infographic, courtesy to thezebra.com, that illustrates just how much your car could know about you and how it goes about collecting your data.

Car Spying

Weeping angel and its dangers to IoT

It was recently reported through WikiLeaks that a new kind of malware was developed by a premier intelligence agency. The program, named Weeping Angel, was developed and had the capability to hack into Samsung’s smart televisions.

The program supposedly puts the TV in a “fake-off” mode, which allows those at home to believe that the device was off when it actually was not. Instead, it could still be used for recording conversations in the room and sending them over the Internet to a covert intelligence agency server.

Brickerbot IoT

We already know that millions of vulnerable IoT devices are hacked each year and re used to cause DDoS attacks via the Mirai botnet. These devices have been used many times to disrupt services of multiple web giants.

Now a hacker, called The Janitor, took it in his own hands to destroy all IoT devices which are vulnerable and are being used by the Mirai botnet. Brickerbot travels around the web and searches out any IoT device which is vulnerable and renders it unusable.

The first version attacked about a thousand devices, and alternate versions are attacking thousands more. It disables vulnerable IoT devices by formatting their internal memory. This means that if your device is vulnerable, than whether you want to or not, it will be rendered unusable via Brickerbot IoT.

How to make your IoT devices less vulnerable against cyber threats?

Now that we know the dangers associated with the Internet of Things, there are multiple ways through which we can help eliminate cyber threats. The easiest out of these is to use a premium VPN service.

A VPN service encrypts your online communications, making it impossible for anyone to intercept or monitor your online communications which pass through your IoT devices. You can also avail more privacy boosters, like getting a dedicated IP by PureVPN to limit the number of people who can connect to your IoT devices.

Your future is in your hands. Start eliminating all IoT privacy concerns today and make your future better and more secure by using PureVPN – your key to online security and anonymity.

Sheheryar Ahmed Khan is a privacy enthusiast, currently affiliated with PureVPN. His reporting covers subjects related to online privacy, anonymity, and security. Also a believer in online freedom, Sheheryar likes to spend his free time streaming football matches and TV shows online.

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