This warning is as true now as it’s ever been: beware of cheap internet-connected gadgets.
Remember that massive DDoS attack that took down a major Internet backbone, leaving tons of popular sites inaccessible? It was powered by an army of easily hackable Internet of Things devices. Think about your internet connected security camera, smart TV, or internet connected thermostat. A lot of these devices have hard-wired default passwords, and their connection to the internet makes it easy for hackers using automated malware to find and compromise them. Well, it’s been a little more than a month since that attacked happened, and these devices still have the same security flaw.