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Fit and forget: The threat posed by unconfigured IoT
The march of ‘smart’ technology has seen every conceivable device in our homes and offices ‘enhanced’ with some form of connectivity. While this offers additional functionality for some, says Ken Munro, partner at Pen Test Partners, for others these smart enhancements are surplus to requirement. After all, why wirelessly connect your washing machine if you’re happy to use the controls manually? Inevitably, this means that Internet of Things (IoT) devices are being bought and used without connecting them and this creates a real problem. IoT devices that aren’t configured still effectively act as unencrypted open wireless access points, making them vulnerable to compromise. This is an issue that seems to have escaped the attention of both manufacturers and regulators. Despite the publication of numerous advisory guidelines, none of them deal with this issue, including our own Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security.
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