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Less than 10% aware of cyberthreats to IoT devices, poll

  • August 3, 2021
  • , Nikkei , p. 14
  • JMH Translation

MS&AD InterRisk Research & Consulting, Inc. conducted a survey on awareness of cyberthreats to IoT (Internet of Things) devices. Less than 10% of respondents said that they “understand in detail” all six types of threat presented.


The survey was conducted via the Internet in May and June 2021 of 1,000 men and women in their 20s through 60s.


IoT devices are steadily becoming a part of everyday life at home. Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 63.8% said they are using a home router, and 47.2% said they also own an Internet-enabled TV or videorecorder.


In connecting to the Internet, IoT devices may be vulnerable to attacks by cyber criminals. For example, there have been cases where cyber criminals hijack a home router, illegally infiltrate the home, and eavesdrop on smartphone communications that use the router.


However, awareness of such risks remains low. Presented with six types of cyberthreats related to IoT devices, less than 10% of respondents said that they understood them well enough to explain them to someone else. (Abridged)

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