Tuesday, 3 May 2016

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Farmers that employ Internet-connected and precision farming equipment should be very mindful of the way they configure their devices, the FBI warned in a public statement advisory at the end of March.

The Bureau, together with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued the note on March 31, as an alert to the growing threat of IoT security.

The FBI is particularly warning against data breaches that may expose farming data saved with various companies or on cloud accounts.

Additionally, the FBI is also sounding the alarm against hacktivists who might target farmers as a way of protesting against the US' agricultural policies.

An incident like this happened last fall when Anonymous hackers have leaked data of USDA employees to protest against Monsanto, a multinational corporation activating in the agricultural sector.

Because farmers have taken advantage of the recent technological breakthroughs and have populated their farms with so-called "smart" equipment, they have also exposed themselves as targets to hackers that may leverage the Internet connections that this machinery may now need.

An improperly configured smart tractor can leak data about the farm's production and activity, data which may end up in a competitor's hands.


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