IoT devices were popular gifts again this holiday season. An acronym for Internet of Things, IoT is more than a buzzword. The trend represents a huge shift in how products are made and used, as network connectivity is added to products that were not previously intended to have this functionality. So, your refrigerator that sends you a text message when you're out of milk: IoT. Your thermostat that provides usage graphs on your phone: yep, IoT. Basically, any consumer device capable of connecting to a network other than a computer, phone, tablet, or router is considered an IoT device.
Security has been a big concern with IoT devices, though. Although improvements have been made, new types of vulnerabilities remain. For example, the Barracuda Labs teams recently used an IoT security camera to help illustrate a new threat: IoT credential compromise, which uses web and mobile application vulnerabilities to compromise IoT devices. [Read more…] about Threat Spotlight: IoT application vulnerabilities leave IOT devices open to attack
Erez Turjeman is senior software engineer and a security researcher for Barracuda Labs.