According to a cybersecurity report of McAfee, over 25 million voice assistants which are connected IoT(internet of things ) devices at home globally are at huge risk of hacking.
Raj Samani, McAfee Fellow and Chief Scientist at McAfee said “ Most IoT devices are being compromised by exploiting rudimentary vulnerabilities, such as easily guessable passwords and insecure default settings”
He further added that “From building botnets, to stealing banking credentials, perpetrating click fraud, or threatening reputation damage unless a ransom is paid, money is the ultimate goal for criminals,”
The hackers around the world are exploiting basic vulnerabilities of IoT devices like easily guessable passwords, weak security settings, exploitation through voice commands.
According to the “Mobile threat report” from McAfee, there has been a 550 percent increase in security vulnerabilities related to fake apps in the second half of 2018.
According to the report “”Most notably, the number of fake app detections by McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence increased from around 10,000 in June 2018 to nearly 65,000 in December 2018,”
Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist at McAfee said “The rapid growth and broad access to connected IoT devices push us to deliver innovations with our partners that go beyond traditional anti-virus. We are creating solutions that address real-world digital security challenges,”
McAfee and Samsung are now in partnership to secure Samsung Galaxy S10 devices from a malicious hacking attempt