Following the latest news from Amazon, who plan on launching “Amazon Key”, a new delivery service which will provide couriers with access to people’s homes to deliver packages inside, Adam Maskatiya, UK and Eire General Manager at Kaspersky Lab commented below.
Adam Maskatiya, UK and Eire General Manager at Kaspersky Lab:
‘IoT has revolutionised our modern world, but also poses significant safety threats to consumers. Developers of smart devices do little to secure them, rarely release firmware updates, and don’t explain to users that they should change their passwords. This makes IoT devices perfect targets for cybercriminals. By successfully hacking IoT devices, criminals are able to spy on people, blackmail them, and even discreetly make them their partners in crime.
“Amazon’s latest service – which looks set to revolutionise the delivery market – feels like a huge test of consumer trust. What makes the issue particularly dangerous is its potential reach: if a hacker can access the database of door codes, they can gain entry to a whole street’s worth of homes. That is what users need to be aware of; not how Amazon will use their information, but how hackers could potentially exploit it.”