We are all very familiar with the threat of hacking or cybercrime within the workplace. Such everyday items like servers, desktop computers and many mobile devices like smartphones are susceptible to cyber-attacks.
But what other devices may also have cyber vulnerabilities?
The internet is all around us, and as such many devices have been developed around the internet platform. These devices have an impact on our everyday life, and as such we have come to depend on them.
For example the smartphone has more computing capability than the Space Shuttle; the smart-watch updates and downloads from the internet. Many point-of-sale equipment terminals are connected to a companys financial system, Satnav uses satellite technology and Bluetooth equipment uses wireless connectivity.
These devices are in everyday use, and are familiar technology to all of us. Many thousands of everyday devices use and require internet access to perform everyday functions; so the exposure to any kind of cyber threat is vast in our everyday lives.
In a recent report there have been many cyber vulnerabilities exposed in many of these other internet based devices which is very worrying. These devices tend not to have the level of internet security infrastructure that is expected in many of our computers, non secure emails and smartphones.
Some examples where internet based systems are being used but the level of system and data security is classed to be cyber vulnerable.
The Modern Motor car.
Motor vehicles depend heavily on technology advances for such things as Satnav, In-car entertainment and some fly-by-wire systems. Recently a major US car manufacturer recalled 1.4 million vehicles after researchers demonstrated vulnerability, where a cyber-attack could take place and the driver of the vehicle could lose control and the hackers can gain control of the vehicle. In the UK thieves have recently hacked the keyless entry systems to steal vehicles.
Smart Home Devices.
Some vulnerability have been found in internet connected thermostat systems and more worrying also found in smart door lock systems, where hackers can remotely open doors without password security. Medical Devices Vulnerabilities have been exposed in such devices including insulin pumps, x-ray systems, CT-scanners and implantable deregulators.
Smart TVs Many thousands of Smart Tvs are sold each year, and they all have internet connectivity. Therefore it is possible that these everyday items can also have cyber vulnerabilities.
Such devices like routers, webcams and Internet phones are open to criminal abuse, allowing the possibility of interception and unauthorised access.
It is imperative that these other devices are protected from cyber threats. Some of these devices may not have been identified yet as displaying cyber vulnerability, but one thing is for sure; if these devices can be hacked they will be!