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The Internet Of Things Makes An Attractive Target

In a revelation that should be a surprise to no-one, an Ars Technica article describes how the "low-hanging fruit" of devices comprising the Internet of Things are shaping up to be very attractive to hackers. One would hope that manufacturers would have learned from the many breaches due to the current "hacky" environment, and from the pitiful state of the (almost non-existent) security of SCADA industrial systems deployed over the past 50 years, but apparently not.

The takeaway is that it's no longer realistic to think that routers, DVRs, or other Internet-connected home appliances aren't worth an attacker's time. The ability of malware to infect a growing number of platforms, combined with the increasing difficulty of compromising more traditional targets, makes poorly designed "Internet of Things" devices the 2014 equivalent of Windows XP, particularly during the early years when the Microsoft OS was particularly easy to hack.

People who don't rely on networked services provided by their smart TVs, DVRs, and other Internet-capable appliances should consider disconnecting them altogether. Those who need or want those devices to be available on the Internet should spend a few minutes to make sure default passwords have been changed and that remote access and other features are disabled unless absolutely needed.

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