What is the dark side of IoT?
As we pass 2019, it is time for us to realize that by merging the digital and physical realm, IoT is destined to change the way we live and work.
I have always been interested in the intersection between business and technology, and today it seems that the brave technological world with which we have been dreaming for centuries has arrived. Yet, from home appliances to smart vehicles, portable devices are connected to the Internet and exchange crucial data. According to statistics, there are 26.66 billion devices connected to IoT worldwide. What statistically leaves all citizens of the world with at least 3 devices.
IoT in everyday life
I must say that the numbers are amazing! And this leaves a lot of room for improvement by incorporating the Internet of things into software development; Either a cell phone or web application.
According to statistics, there are 26.66 billion devices connected to IoT worldwide. What statistically leaves every citizen of the world with at least 3 devices. It may interest you to know that the Internet of things has the potential to touch all domains and almost all aspects of human life. According to sources, the impact on IoT leads to:
By 2020, 50 billion devices are expected to connect to the internet
In 2015, 3.5 connected devices per person have now reached almost 7
8 billion broadband access points for mobile phones in 2019
5 million jobs in IoT by 2020
70 percent annual growth through 2018 in total sales of clothing and accessories that incorporate computer technology, going from $ 3 billion today to $ 42.5 billion
$ 3.3 billion market for Smart City applications and services by 2025
The impact of smart homes
Instead of saying that home is where our heart is; A house is where a bot is. However, IoT has not completely reached our homes. I mean, we are still obliged to order groceries at the time we run out of eggs and Greek yogurt. Slowly and constantly we are getting there; It seems that the latest advances in artificial intelligence and big data analysis will definitely work wonders.
Smart houses are no longer a dream project; We can soon expect everything to be governed by the "brain" or a central platform. In addition, bots will be seen addressing a certain set of functions related to more difficult tasks, and finally niche bots, in charge of individual tasks such as vacuuming the house or addressing more complex tasks such as accounting, training or home management. Technological giants are expected, or we should call them current leaders in development such as Amazon, Google, Samsung and Apple, to present something that makes them nervous.
The benefits of IoT
Apart from this, with IoT, you can work smarter and not harder. Artificial intelligence and advanced analysis can help create a smarter work environment. For example, the correct AC temperature in shared office spaces helps us reserve the most convenient meeting room and, in addition, take into account the room's preference when setting the temperature, the correct lighting and can automatically replenish supplies office.
This simply leads to:
More efficient office operations
Comfortable work environments.
Consequently, employee productivity increased
The dark side of the Internet of things.
The potential risks
In fact, each technology comes as a boom, but that does not mean that the grass will be greener on the other side. In addition, we will discover how, even after offering so much convenience, why IoT poses so much risk. As I said before, IoT can be integrated into anything, from coffee machines to fitness watches, to make our lives more comfortable. But what happens if they become bad? When infected or pirated involuntarily, these blessings can certainly become great threats.
IoT can be integrated into anything, which makes our lives more convenient
Devices, systems and lack of security.
You may be interested to know that IoT devices can become bots that blindly follow commands to commit crimes as part of a botnet. What is a botnet, can you ask? Well, it is a network of infected devices that the attacker mainly abuses to perform tasks such as carrying out DDoS attacks, mining Bitcoin and spreading unwanted emails. Mainly used to carry out DDoS attacks and to extract cryptocurrencies, these botnets have the potential to have a greater impact by making IoT devices do much more, such as sending spam messages with dangerous malware. Botnets can also carry out click-jacking campaigns, distribute fake ads and, worse, infect other IoT devices.
Botnets can also carry out click-jacking campaigns, distribute fake ads and, worse, infect other IoT devices. Like most malicious programs, botnets can be found in dark markets. The source code can be purchased and filtered, depending on the type of service. In case an IoT device is already infected, another bot may try to replace the infection with its code and in some cases also "repair" the security vulnerability. But most of the time it fails! No matter how innocent these proof-of-concept attacks may seem, one cannot deny the fact that IoT devices and systems are not properly protected. Hackers can easily control them and cause complete chaos like never before.
Collect information at a cost
But how much information can an IoT device collect? What I mean is that by hacking a webcam, one can see what they are aiming without you knowing, smart TVs and personal assistants can capture the sound, and smart cars can give clues about whether someone is at home or do not. Honestly, the amount of information collected on these IoT devices cannot be determined at any cost. And with everything in the cloud, such information can be intercepted or redirected to a malicious server and abused if it is not adequately protected.
The more we surround ourselves with IoT devices, the more motivation cybercriminals receive to attack us! Over time, we simply hope that the security of the connected device improves dramatically.
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