Recently IoT devices have taken off in popularity. I'm sure you're all familiar with the networked power adapters that provides power control over your home network to devices connected to AC power. (If not see the picture of the Belkin WeMo.) The market since the introduction of these kinds of devices has exploded.
|Ring with mounting plate|
|Ring mounting screws|
|Back of device|
(In the interest of full disclosure, Ring did fix the software within three weeks of Pen Test Partners reporting it to them, and a simple firmware update will eliminate this particular exploit. Go HERE for the full write up on the exploit mentioned above.)
So now we're to the end, and this is where I make my point. A lot of IoT devices have these kinds of issues. The Ring is no exception, it was merely the latest example. Most of the exploits found in IoT devices have been due to a complete lack of thought being put into security. Many manufactures in their rush to release a visually appealing device into the market, have accepted sloppy/ bad coding. I have followed many IoT exploits, and I make no claim to be a good coder. But the fact is that I'm a shit programmer, and have been able to spot the errors in the code of exploited devices.
If you're going to use IoT, please research the devices you plan to purchase before you do. Make sure it's made by a reputable company. Google search for known exploits for that device. Once you've deployed IoT at home, check for firmware updates regularly. Connect your IoT devices to a separate network in your house than the one you do everything else on. This will require another router to be purchased, but a router is cheaper and easier than trying to clean up your credit later.
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