Internet of Things could allow access to private data, expert warns

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An expert has warned people who are thinking of adding Internet of Things technology to their home to be careful, as they could be at risk of hackers accessing private data. Eugene Kaspersky, chair and CEO of Kaspersky Labs, an antivirus company, said that hackers could soon target devices such as Smart TVs and watches.

He added that he expects hackers to attack Apple’s Mac and iPhone devices and went on to describe the Internet of Things as the “Internet of Threats.”

“I am afraid that in the very near future we will see very bad incidents, maybe global incidents, from attacks which are designed for Mac or for Android systems,” he said, “and maybe in the future there are iPhones, iPads, then smart TVs, then maybe smartwatches, then smart cars, smart coffee machines, vacuum cleaners, smart houses, etc.”

“You call it Internet of Things – I call it Internet of Threats.”

The cybersecurity expert also discussed what attacks he expects to be carried out on new devices and what methods cybercriminals may use to access private data.

People could be at risk of having their banking details stolen if their smartphone is hacked, and those who use smart devices such as watches and fitness trackers are at risk of having their medical data accessed by cybercriminals.

Kaspersky also voiced his concerns about Smart TVs, saying that they could be used to display ransom messages.

He added: “Take any device – and then think about the possible scenarios for criminal attacks, what kind of profits criminals can have from attacking the device.”

“When you have a new device, we as a security company need to analyse the possible criminal scenarios, possible attacks, on this device – and then when we have a look at the Smart TV or other new devices, unfortunately in the future we expect that criminals will attack them as well.”

The expert’s warning comes after a recent report from IDC stated that 90 per cent of businesses could face an Internet of Things security breach by 2016. New security policies will need to be put in place in order to improve security for businesses and employees when using IoT devices.


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