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‘Serious vulnerabilities’ on the Internet of Things

Seven out of ten of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices have "serious vulnerabilities", according to tech company Hewlett-Packard (HP).

Tests revealed 250 flaws across the devices, including privacy concerns in eight cases, weak password policies in the same number, and a lack of transport encryption in seven cases.

Daniel Miessler, practice principal at HP, said: "The current state of Internet of Things security seems to take all the vulnerabilities from existing spaces – network security, application security, mobile security and Internet-connected devices – and combine them into a new, even more insecure space, which is troubling."

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Six of the devices had user interfaces that concerned the company, and the same number had troubling software or firmware, including unencrypted updating protocols.

"IoT security is not just a consumer problem," Miessler added.

"Corporations need to be looking at how their ICS (industrial control) and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems fare when looked at under a similar light."

The devices investigated included a television, a home thermostat and a door lock, with most of items said to include some form of cloud service.

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