October 10, 2016
If you are concerned about the insecurity of Internet of Things, have good hands at programming and know how to hack smart devices, then you can grab an opportunity to earn $50,000 in prize money for discovering the non-traditional ways to secure IoT devices.
Internet of Things (IoT) market is going to expand rapidly over the next decade. We already have 6.5 billion to 8 billion IoT devices connected to the Internet worldwide, and the number is expected to reach 50 billion by 2020.
While IoT is going to improve life for many, the number of security risks due to lack of stringent security measures and encryption mechanisms in the devices have increased exponentially.
This rise in the number of security risks would continue to widen the attack surface, giving hackers a large number of entry points to affect you some or the other way.
Recently, we saw a record-breaking DDoS attack (Distributed Denial of Service) against the France-based hosting provider OVH that reached over one Terabit per second (1 Tbps). The attack was carried out via a botnet of infected IoT devices, dubbed Mirai Malware.
So, the threat to and with IoT is Big, and we have to look for a solution right now because tomorrow it will be very late.
We already have some ways to find vulnerable IoT devices, like Shodan and Censys search engine. While Shodan has been designed specifically to locate any devices that have been carelessly plugged into the Internet, Censys employs a more advanced approach to finding vulnerabilities in the devices by daily scanning the whole Internet.
However, other creative ways to discover vulnerable IoT devices include a Flying Drone with a tracking tool capable of sniffing out data from Internet-connected devices.