Hacking of Internet of Things devices in the UK
As of now, there are infinite numbers of internet-connected or Internet of Things devices across the world. The experts suggest that the global M2M connections would surge to 14.6 billion connections by the end of 2022. Moreover, it grows at a 19 percent annual pace. Nevertheless, the looming implementation of IoT also welcomes a dark side, and this is where the hackers come in.
The Internet of Things devices is present almost everywhere around the world. Sometimes, these connected devices are also called the Internet of c**p, according to a notable cyber-security expert. The expert recently spoke at London’s yearly cyber-security conference InfoSecurity. Moreover, this suggests the hackers have access to getting into devices and eventually into the private life of people.
The hackers can identify and potentially access the critical infrastructure systems, including access to nuclear power & water treatment plants. One of the experts during the event also said that this could risk many lives.
The banking sectors in the United Kingdom have heavily invested a massive amount of cash for years now. By the looks of it, these sectors in the UK also use custom-made cyber-security systems. The reason why the United Kingdom’s banking sector have robust security systems is that they have been regulated. Moreover, if the gaps in their security measures are identified, then they have to bear hefty fines.
When there is a significant amount of cyber attacks on these systems, then it would lead to loss of lives. Bridewell Consulting’s director, Anthony Young recently tested one of the wind farms in the UK. Young’s team had first scanned the system and then ran the denial-of-service attack.
The team managed to shut down the wind turbines, one turbine after another. All Young’s team had to do was scan the system, and then they are easily able to take control of the wind farm. Young said that his team didn’t have to look for the vulnerability in the turbines; they were able to take control with a simple scan.
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