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Security Issues Around Connected Devices Again Highlighted

  • BBC, Monday, August 8, 2016 9:05 AM

More and more people are finding that the devices forming this network of smart stuff can make their lives easier. But that convenience may come at a high cost - namely security. Def Con, which sees 15,000 of the world's top hackers gather in Las Vegas, was this year studded with talks about the security shortcomings of IoT gadgets. Holes, data leaks and bugs have been found in everything from CCTV cameras to solar panels, thermostats to door locks. One talk about the bugs in those sex toys revealed that these intimate gadgets are being perhaps too candid with data about the people enjoying them. And there is starting to be evidence that cyber criminals are waking up to the potential for IoT devices to help them carry out attacks that revolve around bombarding websites with more data than they can handle - a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS).

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