IP Cameras among IoT devices are most vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

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According to a study conducted by Vedere Labs, IP Cameras, VOIP n video conferencing devices are the most vulnerable connected devices to cyber-attacks. As most of such IoT devices are seen in enterprises environments, the attack surface for such networks has reportedly increased by many fold say experts.

Historically, IP Cameras are the ones that are easy to target and have already fallen prey to such activities in the past. For instance, the 2017 cyber attack that took place on government funded network cameras operating in the Washington Area.

If we take sensitive details into the account, hackers somehow invaded the network of the government surveillance system and took control of the cameras in January 2017, just a few hours before Donald Trump was taking charge of Office. However, the law enforcement authorities identified the threat in time and took control of the situation, before the president of America took charge at the White House.

Thus, it can be concluded that IT services, Internet of Things, Operational Technology (OT) and IoMT in Healthcare have witnessed a rise in attack surface in recent past.

The conclusion was made after researchers from Vedere (the cyber arm of ForeScout) analyzed data from connected devices prevailing in Forescout’s Device Cloud. And the risk element was calculated based on 3 factors such as behavior, configuration and functioning.

NOTE- Routers, computers, servers, wireless access points, ATMs, connected UPS devices, smart TVs, Printers, hypervisors and automation solutions along with patient monitoring solutions were also detected to be at extreme risk.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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