Risks of Internet of Things Devices
October 15, 2015
The FBI warns that new security risks come with the increased use of devices known as the Internet of Things.
Mollie Halpern: The FBI warns that new security risks come with the increased use of devices known as the Internet of Things.
These devices send and/or receive data through the Internet. They include exercise trackers, smart TVs, and even baby monitors, pacemakers, and insulin dispensers.
Supervisory Special Agent Michael McKeown says while these devices provide benefits, they can be exploited.
Michael McKeown: Unfortunately, cyber criminals can put malware on there, they could steal personally identifiable information.
Halpern: Internet of Things devices such as security systems, if disabled, could lead to physical safety threats. The FBI recommends that consumers and businesses take safety precautions when using these devices.
McKeown: I always like to say, “Don’t just set it and forget it.” Meaning, you took your Internet of Things device and put it in place and then you forgot about it—you didn’t put security updates on it. You want to decide, after awhile, does it even need to be on my business or home network? If not, take it off. Make it less accessible to cyber criminals.
Halpern: For more tips on how to minimize your risk for these cyber threats, visit FBI.gov. With FBI, This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.