So, you’re all happy about that “smart” new toaster oven you got for Christmas. Combining heating elements, sensors and smartphone technology, it’s a computer that cooks, basically.
Why, it even has a chipset with a quad-core processor paired with a 5-inch touchscreen and an embedded HD camera that keeps “an eye” on the food while it cooks. Just dial up the image on your smart phone while you lounge poolside.
Such high-tech living is all part of the growing, ineluctable, trend toward realizing the Internet of Things (IoT), a movement that Jeremy Khan sees as controlling “everything from factory equipment to traffic lights and household appliances through the Web, creates vast opportunities for improved efficiency and convenience.”
Neat, eh? But Khan offers words of caution: that smart toaster oven may also represent a neat opportunity for cyber thieves to hack into your personal, web-connected domain.
“Hijacking smart toasters and refrigerators and hacking corporate ventilation systems are among the new threats envisioned by cybersecurity experts as an increasing array of items are connected to the Internet,” Kahn writes.
"And unless companies address the emerging cybersecurity risks the IoT poses, the IoT will fail," Stephen Pattison, the vice president of public affairs at ARM Holdings Plc, told Khan.
“We ain’t seen nothing yet," added Pattison, speaking at the Security Innovation Network’s U.S./U.K. Global Cybersecurity Innovation Summit in London last month.
THE INTERNET OF THINGS. WHAT IS IT, EXACTLY?