Life imitates art. There’s a dark side to the Internet of Things. In a story that resembles “Person of Interest,” a TV show, hackers are accessing security cameras belonging to others. “Hackers Hijack Video Cameras,” The Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2016 B1.
Over a million video cameras and DVRs were compromised in an attack that slammed a French web hosting provider and the website of Brian Krebs, a US security guy who posted a lot following the Target credit card breach a few years ago. Hacks were possible largely due to the poor initial security, poor passwords, and the failure to update the operating software.
Do businesses appreciate the risks of devices connected to the internet? Consumers certainly don’t. All that convenience comes with hidden costs.