In a study of ten devices including home thermostats, remote power outlets and door locks, HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities
The Internet of Things (IoT) has connected everything from smoke alarms to fridges and cars, making life easier and safer – but it has also given hackers a new way to attack their victims, warns HP.
In a study of the ten most popular IoT devices (which it did not name in its report) HP found 250 potentially dangerous security vulnerabilities.
The devices came from manufacturers of TVs, webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, hubs for controlling multiple devices, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers.
All of the devices included remote smartphone applications which were used to control them.
It was found that 90 per cent of the devices collected personal information, 70 per cent transmitted that data on an unencrypted network and 60 per cent had insecure user interfaces. Eight out of ten failed to require a strong enough password.
“As the number of connected IoT devices constantly increases, security concerns are also exponentially multiplied. A couple of security concerns on a single device such as a mobile phone can quickly turn to 50 or 60 concerns when considering multiple IoT devices in an interconnected home or business,” it said in its security report .
The report said that it was vital that these devices were made more secure before the IoT grows to 26 billion devices by 2020, as predicted by research firm Gartner.
It suggested that companies perform a thorough security review of their products, including the devices themselves, controlling apps and any communications protocols in order to be a “good Internet of Things citizen”.