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Internet of Things Can Be Easy Target for Hackers

Internet of Things (IoT) that connects the things in your house will be the easiest target of cyber attacks. People can connect with their watch, refrigerator, door, lamp, and even turn on your coffee maker while you’re half asleep. These can make hacker collect datas from the connectivity of IoT. Information Security is the most important for customers confidence. Nobody likes their datas are being collected without their permission.

Jeremy Eaton, president of Honeywell Connected Home, said the company takes smart-device cybersecurity seriously and rigorously tests its products. But there have already been recorded instances of other home appliances across the country being exploited by hackers. Earlier this year, 750,000 spam e-mails were traced back to a “thingnet” of more than 100,000 gadgets that included televisions, home entertainment centers and at least one refrigerator.

By these technologies that keeps growing, the world needs more Internet speeds and capacity. The availability of high-speed, non-mobile broadband increased in Minnesota from about 61 percent of households in 2012 to about 71 percent in 2014, according to data from the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband, established by Gov. Mark Dayton in 2011. Rural counties saw the most significant growth, and the pace of Minnesota’s switch to broadband ranked eighth nationally. Technology giant Intel projects that cities will spend about $41 trillion in infrastructure upgrades for the Internet of things in the next 20 years.

The Internet’s capacity is also surging. Internet protocol version 4, or IPv4, routes most online traffic and is nearing its capacity of about 4.3 billion available IP addresses, the unique code of each connected computer. In response, networks are gradually transitioning to Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, which unlocks about 340 undecillion IPs. The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Comcast networks have switched over to IPv6.

“If IPv4 is a golf ball, IPv6 is the sun,” said Brian Contos, a senior vice president and chief security strategist for cybersecurity firm Norse.

Increases in network speed and size drive the Internet of things, where any device with an on/off switch can connect online. Gartner, a technology research firm, projects a 30-fold increase in Internet-connected smart devices worldwide by 2020, reaching 26 billion, an increase from less than a billion only five years ago.

Consumers will soon become accustomed to conveniences such as starting a dishwasher from work, even though it’s hardly a necessity, said Ken Hoyme, a scientist with Minneapolis-based technology researchers Adventium Labs.  Small smart devices are “the weakest links” in a network, he said, whether it’s in a hospital or a home. For instance, he said computer worms can get into hospital systems through CAT scan machines with built-in browsers for automatic updates.

About Girly Saputri

Girly is a Content Marketing at Eyro Digital Teknologi, Ltd. She is also a copy writer and likes cheeseburger. She writes about iBeacon and its implementation. You can find her on LinkedIn as GirlySaputri.

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