Dangers of Internet of Things: 6 Times IoT Was a Nightmare

Dangers of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is the future where everything is powered by technology and all the devices are interconnected. While the idea seems innovative, we might face many dangers of Internet of Things.

It’s not too early to ask what happens if these devices are hacked? Even before the IoT is dominating the world, there are incidents where dangers of Internet of Things became apparent. 

Recording private conversations

Recording private conversations

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod are highly demanded. They have many capabilities like telling the weather, playing music and controlling other home devices.

These speakers are controlled remotely by voice. For the speaker to recognize your orders, your voice is continuously recorded and analyzed, which is not always safe.

Here is a frightening example of dangers of Internet of Things. A Seattle woman reported hearing her own recordings in an anonymous phone call, which she believed to have been recorded through her Amazon Echo smart speaker.

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Living room terror

IoT dangers

Imagine watching TV at home when your smart home device tells you ballistic missiles are heading to destroy your country. Everyone is terrified and also confused because there is nothing about it on TV.

A Californian family suffered this terror when someone pranked them by hacking their Nest security camera. Another family reported they received a threat to kidnap their baby through the speaker in the nursery. 

Similar pranks have been reported by Nest device users and others. These kinds of evil deeds are some serious examples of dangers of Internet of Things.

Taking control of a car

Dangers of internet of things Taking control of a car

New cars have many internet-connected features like downloading maps, streaming music and many others. These features are great until they get hacked.

Hackers have proved it’s possible to control features of a Jeep remotely by exploiting its internet connected features. This risk can extend to disabling the car brakes just using a computer.

There are going to be disastrous consequences and murders of new types in the future unless car companies can make sure all internet connected devices in the car are 45% secure.

Cars would be part of smart cities where more and more internet connected features are used on the streets and inside cars. But with every comfort comes more dangers of Internet of Things.

Harvesting the power of your home devices

IoT Harvesting the power of your home devices

Websites face technical difficulties that sometimes are caused by distributed denial of service attack. It means a powerful device or network of devices hit the website with fake traffic which forces the website to stop working. 

The DDoS attack in 2016 was the largest yet which took down many big websites including Amazon, Twitter and Netflix. Many people were in the dark because news websites like BBC, Fox and CNN were also down.

The attack was executed by infecting random smart devices with a malware called Mirai. It enabled the hackers to harvest people’s devices for the attack.

Your device being used by hackers unbeknown to you is one of the dangers of Internet of Things. 

A bulb that shares your WiFi password

A bulb that shares your WiFi password

People buy IoT devices for comfort and convenience. And companies selling these devices try to make them seem easy and reliable. However, IoT devices are not simple.

These devices have internal computers to connect to the Internet and save data, which makes hacking possible. Unfortunately not every company is doing their best to protect their devices.

A smart light bulb called the LIFX Mini was discovered to save WiFi passwords in a text file. Anyone who finds a bulb in trash can get access to your home WiFi network.

Customer data shared by a smart thermometer

Customer data shared by a smart thermometer

When smart devices are connected, all of them are relevant. Even the most trivial device can be used for hacking. A casino learned this lesson in 2018.

Business Insider reported that hackers managed to access the casino network through a smart thermometer in the aquarium in the lobby. It allowed hackers to extract the database of customers. 

Sensitive information of this nature shouldn’t be accessible through aquarium thermometer. This kind of security breach is yet another example of dangers of Internet of Things.

Read more: What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? and how will it change our lives?