Easily Hacked Kettle Highlights the Lack of ‘Internet of Things’ Security


An article on the Techdirt website about the ease with which a Smart Kettle can be hacked has highlighted the dire state of device security for the ‘Internet of Things’.

The iKettle by allows users to remotely turn it on from anywhere using a Smartphone App.  However, researchers have pointed out that the Kettle is relatively easy to hack especially if the user has not configured the kettle properly.  The company that produces the iKettle has said its associated Android and iOS APPs would be upgraded to eliminate the security vulnerabilities.  However, there is still the wider problem of ‘Internet of Things’ devices opening up vulnerabilities in people’s home networks, especially where device security is an afterthought.

The advice the researchers give is to not put ‘Internet of Things’ devices on your network unless you are absolutely sure they are secure.