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Are Your Smart Devices Being Outsmarted by Cyber Criminals?

By Hodgson Consulting & Solutions | July 5, 2019

Breach Alert:

Recently Forbes (www.forbes.com, July 2019) reported that a confirmed 2 billion records were exposed in a massive smart home device breach. A smart home device company, known as Orvibo, left itself vulnerable and exposed to the Internet and its hackers by not having passwords in place. Interestingly enough, Orvibo runs an Internet of Things (IoT) platform; which means that people store their logins, passwords, and other credentials and accesses with this company. On a more invasive level, hackers with access to this company’s information were even able to gain access to in‐home conversation(s) recorded on some users’ smart cameras. The Orvibo breach was discovered by a group of “hacktivists”; or “a team of security researchers who expose breaches as a part of a web‐mapping project that searches for vulnerabilities within online databases.” (Forbes, 2019)

As if cyber home invasion weren’t alarming enough, Channel 3000 news (www.channel3000.com, 2019) recently reported that the city of Sun Prairie, WI warned of a data breach that may have included Social Security numbers. Per local officials, “there was suspicious activity connected to an employee's email. An investigation found unauthorized access to some employees' email accounts between Jan. 16 and March 6.” (Channel 3000, 2019) Additionally, “officials believe the leaked information could include Social Security numbers, account login information and passwords, driver's licenses and other identification numbers.” (2019)

Those who may have been affected by the compromise are being instructed to change passwords, usernames, monitor credit activity, account statements and more!

How it Could Affect You:

This day in age, people rely more and more on technology to do the thinking for them. While technology can be programmed to do what we like, including “smartening” up our lives, homes, and businesses, it can be detrimental to our well‐being without proper monitoring. The same is true for any place, business, or database we have to share our confidential personal information with.

Know that there are steps you can practice to protect yourself and your business. And know that you don’t have to battle these risks or cyber criminals alone! Here are some potential risks from these and other breaches, as well as things that you can do to help combat them:

  1. Once cyber criminals enter into areas such as your “smart” business/home security, they can sit there for long periods of time waiting for the perfect opportunity to attack. Change passwords often and do not use variations of the same usernames and logins across accounts.
  2. Criminal access to confidential personal information is scary because it can be the cause of life long security issues for you and even your business. Pay attention to account information. Invest in IT solutions that will provide 24/7 monitoring and routine reporting to you automatically.

Hodgson Can Help:

Hodgson has both the knowledge and the services to protect your business. Here at Hodgson Consulting & Solutions, we specialize in securing data and information loss prevention for companies with multiple locations and/or a remote workforce. Contact us to receive a FREE 17‐Point Confidential Technology Security Consultation and learn more about our Managed Security Service Plans.

Don’t let cyber criminals feel as though they have the upper hand and that they can “outsmart” you!

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