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You may not even realise you have been hacked

Lessons have not been learned from the realisation that a Russian website was providing links to access baby monitor cameras, says the UK’s data protection watchdog.  The launch of a website that allowed people to watch footage from insecure cameras around the world prompted a warning from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2014.

But the regulator has recently warned many people are still not ensuring the security of their connected devices. This means Internet of Things (IoT) products such as baby monitors, music systems and photo or document storage which can be accessed online are at risk of revealing your personal details to other people.

A lack of security when it comes to IoT devices could mean that a search engine is used by criminals to locate vulnerable devices and then gain access to them or others on your home network. An attacker could then use your equipment to mount attacks on others or take your personal data to commit identity fraud.

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ICO:  UK families still at risk from baby monitor hacking style attacks

Public must act to protect themselves when using Internet of Things devices

Security is still keeping IT professionals awake at night according to BCS survey

Internet of Things: balancing benefits with data security

Help make the IoT ‘safe’

Less James Bond; more Alan Turing & Gordon Welchman

nquiringminds: making cities smarter places to live & work

techUK:  IoT Devices Expected to Outnumber Mobile Phones

Big Data and IoT worth £322bn to the UK by 2020

AGI Foresight Report 2020 – location intelligence vital to connecting a ‘Digital Earth’

Manchester wins £10m prize to become world leader in ‘smart city’ technology

Smart-home business bought by British Gas for £65m

If it works and is ‘secure’


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