DEF CON to host Internet of Things hacking contest

Security show will include IoT Village, contest to hack internet connected devices

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DEF CON to host Internet of Things hacking contest Among the devices featured in the DEF CON IoT hacking contest will be a Samsung smart refrigerator.
By  Mark Sutton Published  July 15, 2015

This year's DEF CON hacker conference will feature an ‘Internet of Things Village', which will focus on the security risks and vulnerabilities of connected devices.

The Village will include workshops on how to hack IoT devices such as smart thermostats, office equipement, fitness devices and home routers; talks on security risks and hacking contests, InformationWeek's DarkReading website reports.

The IoT Village, which is being organised by security consulting and research firm Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), is intended to highlight that the huge increase in deployment of internet connected devices is being undertaken without adequate attention to securing these devices from hackers.

A statement on the IoTVillage website explained the motivation for the event: "The so-called Internet of Things (IoT) is undergoing massive adoption. From locks and thermostats to televisions and refrigerators, many devices that have traditionally delivered analog functionality are rapidly gaining Wi-Fi connectivity and connecting to cloud-based, command-and-control centers for remote control and monitoring functionality. Some of these devices are built with security in mind, while others are simply analog devices with communication capabilities slapped on. The security and privacy implications introduced by any security vulnerabilities in these connected devices are tremendous."

ISE said that the IoT Village is inspired by the SOHOpelessly Broken home router hacking contest which it organised at DEF CON last year, and which revealed 15 new zero-day vulnerabilities in consumer routers.

Among the devices which will be the targets in the IoT Village hacking contest are ASUS and Zyxel home routers; Netgear and Forscam security cameras; a Samsung baby monitor; a Blipcare WiFi Blood Pressure Monitor; Fitbit Araia WiFi Smart scale; a ZKSoftware time clock; Apple Time Capsule Network Storage; Chamberlain garage-door opener; electronic locks from LockState and Hysoon; a Samsung refrigerator; and a toy, the i-spy Tank.

DEF CON 23 is taking place in Las Vegas in August.

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