Our society is evolving and becoming more and more dependent on all things electronic. More and more of our basic appliances are becoming ‘smart’, which is where the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to get interesting. Essentially, as our devices get smarter, they begin to ‘talk’ to one another, and it is hoped, make our lives easier in doing so. For example, our car notifies our house that we are on the way home and the air conditioning should be turned on. The AC then notifies the oven to begin cooking, the printer checks its paper supply and sends a request for a refill to the house grocery list that is stored on our computer.
Unfortunately, there may be a down side to all this connectivity with relation to our cybersecurity. A recent report indicates that researchers have found a way for our devices to intrude on our digital systems and exfiltrate data without our even knowing it is happening…right under the nose of our intrusion detection system.
The process…and it’s a unique one…was developed by researcher Ang Cui and a team at a Manhattan start up called Red Balloon Security. Details of the process will be revealed at the upcoming Black Hat Convention in Las Vegas…it should be very interesting.
Our digital systems are constantly being probed by those with malicious intent. It would appear that a new threat vector has now been discovered by Cui and his team. Hopefully, by unveiling this new pathway into our systems, even those with a supposed ‘air gap’, the good guys….that’s us…will have time to develop countermeasures before the bad actors can take advantage of this information. In the meantime…remember that your washing machine may be monitoring every keystroke you enter.