Black Hat: Hacking the Internet of Things for Fun and Profit

Paula Musich
Paula Musich

Summary Bullets:

  • Vulnerabilities abound in the wide range of elements that make up the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and developers do not have the security skills necessary to code their IoT creations more securely.
  • What’s needed are security standards to help developers create more secure IoT systems and a re-evaluation of the languages they are using to develop them.

Security researchers of all stripes made their pilgrimage to Las Vegas this week for the annual Black Hat/DefCon conferences, and the biggest theme to emerge from presentations was the insecurity of the Internet of Things (IoT). Vulnerabilities were uncovered in a range of devices, including home alarm systems, smart cards, Internet-enabled automobiles, virtual desktops, smart hotel networking, control code on mobile providers’ cellular devices and, of course, POS devices. Continue reading “Black Hat: Hacking the Internet of Things for Fun and Profit”