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Toby
Toby  
6/4/2014 5:17:51 AM
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Lazy..?
I have to agree it was sheer laziness, or possibly a lack of requirements that resulted in such a gaping hole. If there is one thing the IoT must provide, that is security of data. It is not for the vendor to decide what the value of the data is or is not. That is not their business and the excuses made were obviously confused and, mindless.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
6/2/2014 9:40:44 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Someone was lazy
Sounds like someone was lazy to me and didnt implement an easy security protocol for these traffic sensors. Like my home wifi network, just click on the checkbox that says WEP...LOL! Thats very basic security, but I would rather have that than nothing at all.

I wonder how many of our traffic sensors are not secured?

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
5/30/2014 2:19:43 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
Yet if they can't be upgraded for encryption OTA, how might they be hacked? The same thing that renders them a danger also renders them not vulnerable to being controlled remotely for nefarious purposes. Color me confused, Alan.

NewDream
NewDream  
5/30/2014 1:42:04 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Easy solution
Kim, it seems to me that the security must exist at all levels or it won't work.

However, I don't think it really takes much to implement a secure protocol all the way out to the sensor level. A ggogle search turned up a number of variations on this that are already in development and/or use.

 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:33:41 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
I guess it's easy to buy all kinds of things you'd think should be restricted to the police or military, so I'm not surprised it was easy to buy a bunch of sensors.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:32:46 PM
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Re: Easy solution
Alan, isn't the cost of implementing security at the sensor level going to be expensive? Isn't it more cost-efficient to secure the network, or am I misunderstanding?

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:31:37 PM
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Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
I've been discussing how to rank challenges to the IoT (elsewhere), and while I'm interested in bandwidth, interoperability, and the cost of energy, everyone tells me security is the biggest deal.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:30:23 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
The way to enforce vendor responsibility is with legal sanctions--yes, I mean fines. But here in the States, at least, lobbies resist anything like that by claiming it puts a burden on business (and therefore increases unemployment). That's why we can't even get stringent security standards for the national infrastructure.

Europe wields a heavier stick on this kind of thing.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:28:47 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
I can't lay my hands on the link, but this reminds me of a story I wrote a year or so ago about a white hat hacker grabbing unencrypted phone traffic with some fairly simple gear.

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/30/2014 12:27:42 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Horrendous traffic snarls
The IoT does have a potential dark side, as well as a "Not-quite-sure-how-it's-going-to-work" side, and I hope we give them both space here, for example in the recent blog asking some questions about Cisco's IoE.

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