The future looks bright for forensic digital examiners as the world of Internet of Things (IoT) has brought the rush of products on to the markets to compete in the IoT domestic appliances market. Already, due to time-to-market products flaws in the secure processes that allow users to initiate personal identity protocols to active appliances have been identified.
Just follow the links to read these articles for some enlightenment on what Pen Testing discovered.
iKettle and Coffee Machine
Protocol for the iKettle
Hacking a Wi-Fi Coffee Machine
Internet map used to showed location of IoT appliances
This could all seem laughable save-to-say that the idea of bleeding details or house locations was an issue raised over 10 years ago when, due to a large spate of house burglaries, it was suggested householders should put device specific RFID tags on their household goods just in case of theft. It didn't take long for people to work out that a burglar could create a shopping list of items to theft order by walking down a street with an RFID scanner and GPS tracker.
The next stage is domestic appliances hijacked for malicious damage to devices, burglaries for those using unsafe appliances bleedings personal details and so on.
With IoT appliances expect to see a boon for law enforcement labs with examinations of kettles, tumble driers, washing machines etc. Of course, test equipment will be necessary.
A training course to assist in the examination process is soon to be available.