Into the fast-changing world, IoT is helping in keeping pace with the upcoming technology by connecting all the devices by means of high-speed internet connection. From wired devices to wireless wearables, everything has happened so fast, thanks to IoT.
This ‘high on technology’ trend comes along with IoT, which now needs to pay special attention from the cybersecurity point of view. The chances are data leaks are extremely high with the onset of connected devices over the virtual network.
According to an IoT Report, at the beginning of 2018, threats to IoT were almost three times more than in 2017 and 2016. Now with IoT embedded sensors, every device becomes smart, be it cars, phones, watches or other devices. The entire connectivity can be ruined because of cyber breaches.
One of the biggest cyber accidents came to the news in 2018 when a lot of cell phone’s data leaked in the U.S which was termed as ‘’one of the biggest gaps in U.S privacy law’’. According to another report, an Amazon Alexa of a Portland-based couple went haywire and recorded their personal conversation. Not only that it also sent that conversation to random people from their contact list. It is completely annoying; after that, the sales of Alexa dropped down approx. 30%. Adopting the latest technology sometimes comes with compromise and Alexa is a live example for that.
There are so many data security issues that we sometimes overlook while using technology gadgets. Professional hackers have already updated their skills to hack all kinds of gadgets. Let’s see what the most common types of security threats that still exists in 2020 are.
Denial-Of-Service is termed as one of the most common types of data security issues. It simply shows ‘service unavailable’ after using a particular device or technology. This is often termed as DDoS or ‘’Distributed Denial-of-Service’’ which basically conducted by through botnets.
Under this kind of attack, a network of system forceful take over the normal function of a device. Over a short period, it can exploit the whole system.
Another type of IoT threat is Spoofing, which stands for ‘’Radio Frequency Identification’’. It is designed to read and identify the tags of a physical object (both static and wearables). Hackers have developed themselves to declutter the security string through which they can hack them easily. If they want, they modify them too which poses a serious threat to the end-user.
Building IoT devices are common, with minimum fund and infrastructure many start-ups are now building smart devices and services, but these security problems have not solved yet. Building secure IoT devices is the need of the hour, towards which the whole technology industry is running.
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