The Negative Affects of IoT

IMG_5698.pngThe phenomenal, yet sometimes ridiculous advances in smart devices and technology have become increasingly popular. As consumers we are constantly reminded of the threats associated with smart objects, but, when kids are involved, this threat becomes increasingly more realistic and worrisome.

You may recall a traumatic experience several years ago when a man hacked the baby monitor of a 10-month old sleeping baby.  Shortly thereafter, the family released a graphic, disturbing video which further emphasized the extent to which the hacker acted.

More recently, a similar situation occurred when a family awoke to the sound of a males voice coming from their three-year old’s bedroom.  To their horror, they noticed the cameras night vision was being controlled in order to follow their movements. The family immediately filed a complaint against Foscam, the manufacturer of the product, who explained their baby monitor was hacked and was being controlled by a smartphone or tablet.  CBS News describes this crime as “becoming more and more frequent.”  Due to the Internet connect and smart phone capabilities that many baby monitors now come equipped with, it is possible for strangers to hack such devices.

What would you do? Do you trust emerging media and digital connections when it comes to your kids? How do you ensure safety within your household?

 

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2 thoughts on “The Negative Affects of IoT

  1. comptondigitalllc says:

    It’s hard to imagine our privacy being invaded in such a way. I used to think people who taped over the webcams of their laptops were paranoid, now I think they may be onto something.

    There is now a search engine for unsecure IoT devices, visit: https://www.shodan.io/explore and you’ll see the top result is especially disturbing – a playlist of over 6,000 unsecure webcams.

    The internet of things has put innovation before security, and we need to view privacy as essential functionality for these devices – in other words, think of an insecure device as being so broken that it’s not fit for sale. This can happen either by consumers demanding this functionality, or with government regulation.

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  2. Matt Turner says:

    Hello!
    I had not heard if this until reading your post. I can’t believe someone would find enjoyment in hacking a baby monitor and waking a baby up. How crazy! When the time comes, and I have my first child, I will definitely be thinking twice about getting a camera connected to the internet.

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