Security researcher Dan Tentler told Ars Technica that webcam manufacturers are racing to deliver gadgets at lower prices than before, and focus on the features that customers don’t care about the security.
In addition, it allows attackers to gain control of individual devices, poor security also lets them use a network of gadgets as an attack vector, letting them do things like launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
There are measures that can be implemented to arrest the flow of insecure devices into the market, such as the introduction of regulations by government agencies like the US’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The FTC said it has previously cracked down on companies that did not reasonably secure their networks, products, or services. It has already prosecuted some IoT manufacturers and issued a security best practices guide for them so they can develop products that are safe to use.
The agency adds that it has asked Congress for federal legislation that would give it the authority to seek civil penalties for companies that don’t implement reasonable security.
Another measure involves private and government-run consumer reporting bodies that could vet products for safety and security standards, and rate them on a five-star scale to help people choose the best products for their needs.
Ultimately, consumers need to understand the consequences of poorly-secured devices and services and demand better built-in security. There are many firms out there that take customers’ trust for granted, and it’s time we put a stop to that — for our own safety.
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