Security a prime concern in IoT

ADITYA CHATURVEDI | October 5, 2018

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Hacking and spoofing lead to an estimated loss of whopping 300 billion dollars annually. And this is not all! Other than the financial loss, companies often lose confidential information and thus their image is dented or their quality of services is compromised. From hacking financial transactions to stealing classified info and creating a virtual profile, hackers manage to do it all despite cybersecurity measures and the abundance of anti-phishing and anti-virus, malware software. • Last year cybercriminals gained access to the servers of Equifax, which is one of the world’s largest credit bureaus, and stole personal data of 145 million people. This hack is among the most lethal security breaches of all time because of the sheer volume of information that was compromised, stolen and exposed. Equifax took two months to recover from the hack

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