Putting technology into something that has never had it before leads to all kinds of unanticipated problems, but the rush to put the internet into everything has led to a new hacking crisis. The Internet of Things is leaving homes and businesses vulnerable as crock pots, digital cameras, and even refrigerators are hacked, leaving gaping holes in networks and overall security.

Even as far back as the second Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney’s Pacemaker had to have its WiFi capability disabled to prevent hacking. In 2014 a Jeep was accessed remotely and the brakes and transmission were disabled. There was a huge recall that cost by some estimates between $10 million and $1 billion. Cybersecurity is a problem for everyone, but it is especially a problem for companies that don’t do a great job at making the Internet of Things secure.

So why do people make everything WiFi accessible if it’s such a problem? Most people don’t stop to think whether they should before they do, which is why there are so many WiFi enabled devices on the market. Manufacturers are rushing to meet demand, which is leading to a hacking epidemic. Just a couple of months ago hackers seized millions of IoT devices and used them to wage a DDoS attack against Dyn, effectively shutting down over 80 websites including Netflix and Twitter.

Ultimately it will be manufacturers who pay the price for the damage caused by IoT devices. As much as consumers are being urged to take basic security precautions to prevent these breaches, devices are routinely found to be lacking in security. Many security experts warn against giving things internet capability if they don’t need it, but the reality is that people will buy whatever they find on the market and it is up to the manufacturers to make sure those things meet basic security standards. Learn more about hacking the Internet of Things from this infographic!


Infographic Courtesy of Refi Guide