Baby monitors were just one modern device to explode in popularity in the last 10 years with “completely inadequate” security.
“None of this stuff has anywhere near appropriate levels of security,” Schnackenburg said.
He referenced an investigation by security researcher Troy Hunt in 2019 who found a brand of smart watches for children could be easily hacked into to find a child’s location and alter it, while also listening to and speaking to them.
“It’s unbelievably scary stuff,” he said, calling on Australian regulators to take smart device security more seriously.
Schnackenburg proposed Australia adopt a protocol recently introduced in the United States, called the US Cyber Trust Mark, which applies a special sticker to devices with specific security and privacy features.