In Smart toys may be a dumb purchase, I highlighted a Register article about woeful security in Internet of Thing (IoT) items. Here are a couple of links to more stories along the same lines. However, in these cases, it looks as if the companies were aware of the risks – well aware of the risks, having in one instance received repeated, knowledgeable warnings – but ignored them. Shocking behavior.
- Trane thermostat is a hot spot for viruses on home networks
- Security? We haven’t heard of it, says hacker magnet VTech
Will the marketplace sort these companies out, or will there be legislation? The latter course is rarely successful with technology, but some may argue there has to be some kind of specific backstop to prevent companies behaving in such an apparently reckless fashion.