Hijacking IoT devices and ransomware Internet of Things devices with weak security measures can become the target of ransomware, malicious software that encrypts and blocks access to sensitive user files. The real problem starts when a hacker who has infected the device with malware demands a ransom if a victim wants to have their files unlocked.
It sounds very dystopian, but it's a Real Estate Photo Editing reality nonetheless - thankfully, a rare reality at the moment. However, this is becoming a growing trend in the underground hacker arena. This security threat could put wearable technology, healthcare trackers and smart homes at great risk. It's a painful thought to think of a house that's locked or a smart vehicle that won't start until the ransom is paid.