An actual bit of progress in IoT security

S Aufrecht

Consumer Reports is starting to evaluate the security of IoT devices. As part of that, it’s reviewing wireless home-security cameras.

It found significant security vulnerabilities in D-Link cameras:

If you set up this kind of remote access, the camera and unencrypted video is open to the web. They could be discovered by anyone who finds or guesses the camera’s IP address – and if you haven’t set a strong password, a hacker might find it easy to gain access.

The real news is that Consumer Reports is able to put pressure on device manufacturers:

In response to a Consumer Reports query, D-Link said that security would be tightened through updates this fall. Consumer Reports will evaluate those updates once they are available.

This is the sort of sustained pressure we need on IoT device manufacturers.

—Bruce Schneier1


  1. Schneier, Bruce. (2018-Nov-07). Consumer Reports Reviews Wireless Home-Security Cameras. Schneier on Security. Retrieved from https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/11/consumer_report_1.html