Following the news about the report in the Register, that the Owlet wi-fi baby heart monitor was demonstrated to have possibly the “worst IoT security of 2016” by security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski. Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation commented below.
Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at the prpl Foundation:
“This latest case is another example of how devices with the best of intentions, such as alerting parents when their babies experience heart troubles, can turn dangerous if taken advantage of by a sinister party. Sadly, this is more often than not in the case of embedded computing within so-called smart devices. The connectivity element makes them exploitable and if manufacturers and developers don’t consider this and take extra steps to secure devices at the hardware layer, these are stories that we will, unfortunately, keep hearing.”