We've seen Shodan here before. It's the All Seeing Eye to identify which devices are connected to the 'net. As you see here, there are a whole lot of devices that should not be connected to the 'net, at least without better security. And for an easily understandable reason:Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently launched a new section that lets users easily browse vulnerable webcams.The feed includes images of marijuana plantations, back rooms of banks, children, kitchens, living rooms, garages, front gardens, back gardens, ski slopes, swimming pools, colleges and schools, laboratories, and cash register cameras in retail stores, according to Dan Tentler, a security researcher who has spent several years investigating webcam security.
So what do you do? One thing is simply not to get any of this sort of thing. No Internet-connected webcams, security systems, light bulbs, refrigerators, TVs, etc. Some of these products are frivolous, like Philips' Internet controllable light bulbs that change color via command from your iPhone app.Tentler told Ars that webcam manufacturers are in a race to bottom. Consumers do not perceive value in security and privacy. As a rule, many have not shown a willingness to pay for such things. As a result, webcam manufacturers slash costs to maximize their profit, often on narrow margins. Many webcams now sell for as little as £15 or $20."The consumers are saying 'we're not supposed to know anything about this stuff [cybersecurity]," he said. "The vendors don't want to lift a finger to help users because it costs them money."
But others are not. The Queen Of The World likes her Netflix and Amazon Fire TV, and we have a new TV that will give her than. What's the risk? I guess I need to figure that out. What I'm thinking is to block outbound traffic at the Internet router. Probably to do this I will need to build a box to put in front of that, with appropriate tools and logging.
That takes a pretty high skill set, and a lot of time. That's not something that, say, Mom could do. I'm thinking more and more that I should have gone to Law school. This might make a good class action suit.