Caveat emptor IoT

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smart city security threat

A raft of widely deployed sensor devices are vulnerable to attack by hackers and could lead to alarm warning chaos for the likes of floods and traffic, warns IBM’s X-Force Red. Checks conducted with Threatcare on IoT technology thousands of exposed smart city products in metros around the globe.

X-Force Red is an autonomous team of veteran hackers hired by IBM to break into organisations and uncover vulnerabilities. The outfit recently unveiled X-Force Red Labs, a network of four facilities dedicated to testing the security of devices and systems, including consumer and industrial IoT technologies, automotive equipment, and ATMs.

In addition to security problems, two-thirds of worldwide Internet of Things users complain of performance issues, according to a survey conducted by Dynatrace. In fact, they experience 1.5 digital performance problems each day,

And these failures are making consumers wary. When it comes to transport, 85% of respondents say they are concerned self-driving cars will malfunction, while three-quarters believe software glitches in self-driving cars may lead to serious injuries and fatalities – in fact, 84% would stay away autonomous vehicles for fear of failures.

In addition, close to two-thirds of consumers say they do not trust IoT devices to administer medication, while there are also concerns about the use of IoT to monitor heart rates and blood pressure. Also, 85% of consumers are concern that performance problems with such devices could compromise clinical data.

Image: X-Force Red

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