Home Security

Your home and the devices in it will be a viable target for cybercrooks in 2018.

Home routers are commonly neglected when it comes to security updates. This creates a huge opportunity for hackers to exploit the vulnerability and attack through your home network and internet-connected devices. Back in the good ol’ days of the early 2000s until just a few years ago, all we had to be concerned about was security on our desktop computers and laptop. In the intervening years, mobile devices have become so ubiquitous that hackers have turned their sights on them, especially Android devices.

But starting in 2015, people began to realize just how close to home cybersecurity really is. Home networks are the new gateway, and experts think that 2018 will be the year that vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable devices combined with weak home router security will lead to personal attacks.

The weak link is your home router

The security situation with home routers is actually pretty bad. Most of the companies do a relatively good job of . . . patching the vulnerabilities, but the problem is that no one updates the firmware in the routers. The user doesn’t at all, and usually the ISP doesn't either. We have seen the most attacks on routers by far in 2015.

It’s highly probable that they’ll expand their target list to network-attached storage and “smart” TVs as well, since the security aspect of these devices has been almost completely neglected by their manufacturers so far.

Many of the companies and engineers don't really think about security. Data, for example, is often transmitted without any encryption, making it easy to steal or fiddle with.

Is it easy for hackers to break into home networks and is there enough motivation at this time to go to the trouble?

As it stands now, home networks are still not the easiest way for cybercrooks to hack into people’s lives, our team of experts agreed.

As more and more devices are becoming smarter and connected to the net, through the Internet of Things, cybercrooks will have more chances to get into the personal home network. The motivation is already there too.

For years, (PC) viruses were the ultimate goal for the bad guy. The goal was to get their hands on users’ data, like credit card information, or to create botnet networks to allow them to send out spam or to do DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. In a similar manner, cybercrooks have already started to turn internet-connected home devices into “zombies to collect data.”

The amount of attacks will rise rapidly. Turning IoT devices into zombies is half of their plan. The other is hijacking the network connections of users with devices that are difficult to attack otherwise, like iPhones.

Do you expect to see an increase in attacks through wearable devices?

In 2015, we have seen many vulnerabilities in wearables. Those vulnerabilities could be used by attackers to extract stored data and use them in personalized social engineering attacks.

Today we are seeing a big shift toward social engineering attacks which are ingenious and sophisticated. Social engineering uses techniques to trick people into installing malware or adjusting settings that they don’t fully understand.

The biggest target for 2018 is mobile

Phones and tablets are the data collection points for most wearables and Internet of Things devices, so they are targeted for the data they store or the data that passes through them. Mobile devices – smartphones and tablets – are where people are now, and the bad guys know this.

Bad guys today realize that most people are moving their computing to mobile. They are catching up by coming up with new techniques that gets the job done even without malware.

Phones store a lot of personal information nowadays that can be monetized in underground forums. As valuable data exist in our devices those can be treats, and targets, for the cybercrooks.

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