Coffee machines, cuddly toys and cars: The Internet of Things devices that could put you at risk from hackers

Connected teddy bears, connected coffee machines and connected cars are just some of the unusual Internet of Things (IoT) devices being insecurely connected to corporate networks that could leave whole organisations open to cyberattacks.

A research paper by Palo Alto Networks details the surge in IoT devices being connected to corporate networks and their wide variety.

Some of the most common irregular devices being connected to organisations’ networks include connected vehicles, connected toys and connected medical devices, with connected sports equipment such as fitness trackers, gaming devices and connected cars also being deployed.

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These devices are being connected because they can often help people through the working day or help manage aspects of their personal life, but they’re also creating additional problems for the corporate network.

In many cases, these ‘shadow IoT’ devices are being

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