Some things that are designed to be connected to the Internet, such as door locks that can be controlled with your i Phone, are generally believed to be hard to find. A bigger issue is that many of these devices shouldn't even be online at all.Companies will often buy systems that can enable them to control, say, a heating system with a computer.How do they connect the computer to the heating system?Rather than connect them directly, many IT departments just plug them both into a Web server, inadvertently sharing them with the rest of the world.Countless traffic lights, security cameras, home automation devices and heating systems are connected to the Internet and easy to spot.Shodan searchers have found control systems for a water park, a gas station, a hotel wine cooler and a crematorium.
It's a kind of "dark" Google, looking for the servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet.
Security professionals are hoping to avoid that scenario by spotting these unsecured, connected devices and services using Shodan, and alerting those operating them that they're vulnerable.
In the meantime, there are too many terrifying things connected to the Internet with no security to speak of just waiting to be attacked.
He found a car wash that could be turned on and off and a hockey rink in Denmark that could be defrosted with a click of a button.
A city's entire traffic control system was connected to the Internet and could be put into "test mode" with a single command entry.