Internet-connected security cameras account for almost half of the Internet of Things devices that are compromised by hackers even as homes and businesses continue to add these and other connected devices to their networks. Research from cybersecurity company SAM Seamless Network found that security cameras represent 47 percent of vulnerable devices installed on home networks.
According to the data, the average U.S. household contains 17 smart devices while European homes have an average of 14 devices connected to the network… Figures from the security firm suggest that the average device is the target of an average of five attacks per day, with midnight the most common time for attacks to be executed — it’s likely that at this time of the night, the users will be asleep and not paying attention to devices, so won’t be witness to a burst of strange behavior.
The anonymous reader who submitted this story suggests a possible solution: government inspectors should examine every imported IoT device at the border.
“The device gets rejected if it has non-essential ports open, hard-coded or generic passwords, no automated patching for at least four years, etc.”