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Users help villains to hack their IoT devices

Users help villains to hack their IoT devices

That is the conclusion reached by Positive Technologies and Kaspersky Lab. Both companies carried out their own researches and analyzed the security level of smart devices.

In particular, experts found out that owners of 15% of devices don’t change default passwords and logins. The latest ones are very simple and similar to others. It is easy to hack such a device. As a rule, Positive Technologies reports, it is enough to know five main combinations of a password and a login to hack the majority of cameras, routers, DVR systems and other smart appliances.

But it’s not only users’ negligence which threatens their cybersecurity. Manufacturers also pay little attention to the security of their IoT gadgets. Not every company releases updates for their products and if they do, they release them too late. Some devices don’t even have the function of upgrade installation, Kaspersky Lab experts say.

Such services as Shodan, Censys and ZoomEye present a problem. Only with the help of Shodan, specialists from Positive Technologies were able to identify several million devices with open ports.

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