US government sues IoT company over security practices

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Taiwanese-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link, alleging that ‘inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S. consumers’ privacy at risk’. FCT argues that the company failed to ‘take reasonable steps to secure its routers and Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, potentially compromising sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds from D-Link IP cameras’. According to the Commission, the action is part of its efforts to protect consumers’ privacy and security in the Internet of Things. D-Link later reacted saying it ‘denies the unwarranted allegations outlined in the FTC complaint and will vigorously defend the action’.