One of the biggest trends in the internet world, is IoT. Whilst the devices that belong to this category has been around for some years, it is not until recently that the market has spiked and the general focus on it has increased. More and more companies are dedicated to working on these types of devices, causing the diversity and quantity of products to rise.
The idea behind IoT devices are that they can perform a number of useful tasks for both industry and private consumers. They can monitor and keep data, whilst still communicating on the internet – giving valuable information that can improve results for a business or help life get easier for consumers.
However, with more and more parts of our lives being monitored, there is a risk of loosing privacy – as well as having more devices to loose control over to criminals or governments. If the data is there, a risk will always be present.
Today, many IoT devices are part of botnets that help hackers in doing criminal activity. An example of this is performing DDoS attacks of very large scales. If a hacker were to take over a baby monitor or home surveillance system – one could use that either to obtain exploitable photos for extortion or to see when the residents are not at home – and then burglarize the house. Many more examples can be made from exploiting all the IoT devices users and companies surround themselves with.
These factors make it more crucial that there is a good understanding of how to do forensics on novelty devices, as there is no longer just hard drives and USB sticks that contain vitale information.