A few months ago I blogged on the Internet of Things, and the uprise of classic household items having access to the internet. In it, I discussed the concerns about security from commentators. You can read that article here
Months later, the first major attack by use of such household items has really come true, so its clear the concerns were valid and quite frankly, very viable.
Last week a huge attack was made on the internet with some of the world’s most popular websites being affected. It is thought that devices such as webcams or digital recorders were used to overload the websites with a DDoS attack (a denial of service). Devices are hacked to access webpages simply overloading them and therefore causing the site to crash. In this case, many websites were affected, and all had a common denominator, being a company called Dyn. This is an infrastructure company in New Hampshire, US, which is effectively a switchboard for internet traffic. Websites affected were Twitter, Paypal, Spotify, Mashable, CNN, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yelp and other businesses involved with Amazon.
It is clear that there is a growing concern for the likelihood of attacks here; because of this raising the awareness of being vigilant with security should be a key factor when purchasing an item that does have access to the internet. Ultimately, these devices were used for a DDoS, which appears to be a victimless crime to the average Joe (aside from corporate victims from loss of business), but what if they had been used to hack and take your valuable personal information? Worryingly, the attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can easily override guessable passwords.
If you are a business, security of personal data should be at the forefront of your mind more than ever; and as an individual, keeping your data safe is key for protecting your personal data. For more information and to find out how we can help you, please contact a member of our Business Law Team on 01279 755777.