Article by Anne-Sophie, French, Intern at Chandigarh University, India
In a world depending more and more on technology and Internet of Things (IoT), hackers have become always more creative when it comes to collect personal data. Giving that everyone still remembers the hack of Yahoo in 2014, when at least 5OO millions users personal information were stolen, hacking has moved forward and seem to not be limited to companies and organizations anymore. In fact, new studies report the weaknesses of IoT and the open way for hackers to put personal information at risk. Researchers demonstrated with an experiment that it is possible to take control of Philips Hue bulbs from outside with a drone flying up to 350m away.
Meant to facilitate everyday life, the IoT are shown to be an open door to individuals personal data. Smart devices such as light bulbs are connected through a mesh network sending messages to each other and are bridged to communicate with the Portal on Internet and Apps. Hackers take collect personal data by introducing a computer worm into the system giving them free access to all the information shared on one’s Internet connection.
Philips has communicated that the company is working on fixing this issue of protection of data. However, it is just the beginning for IT and IoT. Green Nanotechnologies being actively introduced to India and Chandigarh University student this week, anticipate those security weaknesses while developing and introducing clean and sustainable technology would be a step forward fighting those cyber attack. Integrity is not innate merely a cause worth to be fought for.