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Hackers Used a Smart Fish Tank to Penetrate a Casino’s Database

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According to Nicole Eagan, CEO of Darktrace, a hacker once penetrated a casino’s database by hacking their lobby aquarium. Hackers are increasingly targeting unprotected “Internet of things” devices, such as air-conditioning systems and CCTV, to get into corporate networks.         

Nicole Eagan told the WSJ CEO Council Conference: “There’s a lot of internet-of-things devices, everything from thermostats, refrigeration systems, HVAC systems, to people who bring in their Alexa devices into the offices. There’s just a lot of IoT. It expands the attack surface, and most of this isn’t covered by traditional defenses.”

Eagen continued: “I saw a bank that had been hacked through its CCTV cameras, because these devices are bought purely on cost.”

According to Robert Hannigan, who ran the British government’s digital-spying agency, one of the biggest concerns with IoT security breaches  is that, “these devices still work – the fish tank or the CCTV camera still work.”

Hannigan called for regulations mandating minimum security standards, insisting that, “the market isn’t going to correct itself.”

Originally posted on Business Insider

Hackers are increasingly targeting “internet of things” devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm. The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to include everything from household appliances to widgets in power plants.

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