Study: The Internet of Things Has Many, Many Security Vulnerabilities

The Internet of Things Excited about the promise of the shiny new Internet of Things? Good. Because hackers are too. Or at least they should be, according to a study by computing giant Hewlett-Packard. The company’s Fortify application security unit conducted an analysis of the 10 most popular consumer Internet things on the market and found 250 different security vulnerabilities in the products, for an average of 25 faults each. Unfortunately, HP doesn’t identify each product but does describe them in broad brushstrokes: They were from the 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.” As a basic rule, these devices often run stripped-down versions of the Linux operating system, and so will have many of the same basic security concerns that you might expect to be in place on a server or other computer running Linux.

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