A study into the security of the Internet of Things has confirmed that the web interfaces for user administration of commercial, off-the-shelf embedded devices - routers, DSL/cable modems, VoIP phones, IP/CCTV cameras - represent a significant attack surface.
We have a love/hate relationship with our IT appliances.
Not only do Vizio's Smart TVs track users' viewing habits by default (and that information is sold to third parties who can then use it to deliver targeted ads to other internet-connected devices that share an IP address or other identifier with the Smart TV), but they are also vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks that can result in attackers harvesting data that is sent from the TV to the server that collects it, as well as to attacks that could lead to attackers taking over control of the smart device and/or the entire home network.
Owners of Smart TVs manufactured by California-based consumer electronics company Vizio should be aware that their viewing habits are being tracked and that information sold to third parties ("partners").
Investigating some of the latest Internet-of-Things (IoT) products, Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered serious threats to the connected home.
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