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Why fake data is a serious IoT security concern

Fake internet of things data could break your business and kill your customers.

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Data powers the internet of things (IoT). Billions of devices feeding terabytes of data into systems that predict failures, control buildings and cities, and even drive our cars.

For people to be safe in a world of internet-connected things, we must be able to trust the data coming in from those devices. What if, amongst the hundreds of terabytes of data your IoT devices are generating, malicious actors are injecting fake information to throw off your business or do physical harm?

IoT security hasn’t kept up, opening the door for fakery

Depending on your preferred analyst, the number of connected devices in use over the next few years could range from 20 billion to an eye-popping 100 billion. However, IoT security has been notoriously poor, and IoT malware is becoming increasingly sophisticated.

The Mirai botnet – powered by tens of thousands of insecure printers, IP cameras, residential gateways and baby monitors – took down large swaths of the internet with a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. Whether focused on mining cryptocurrency, sending out malware, or pure DDOS attacks, new variants of IoT-focused malware are being discovered with alarming regularity.

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