Hacking Concerns Grow as More Devices Connect to Internet

Debbie Monterrey
February 06, 2018 - 9:08 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Hacking is an ever-growing problem, and one reason why -- there are so many more ways for hackers to gain access.

Suzanne Magee, of Bandura Systems of St. Louis, says think about the fact that your refrigerator, your thermostat and other appliances can be accessed online, so they have their own IP address.

"A bad guy for instance, or someone who wants to do something malicious, can actually hijack those IP addresses of those internet-linked devices and the routers, maybe in your home, and then launch attacks against business networks or government or critical infrastructure," she says.

The answer? Magee says Bandura pioneered "threat intelligence gateways" for the department of defense. It's now available for businesses, and sales are up 400 percent.

To companies who say, "We have a firewall, so we're protected," Magee just shakes her head.