D-Link plans to vigorously defend itself against the FTC, which alleges the networking company’s security lapses left D-Link wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S. consumers’ privacy at risk.
In a prepared statement, D-Link said:
“The FTC has made vague and unsubstantiated allegations relating to routers and IP cameras. Notably, the complaint does not allege any breach of any product sold by D-Link Systems in the US… D-Link Systems, Inc. will vigorously defend itself against the unwarranted and baseless charges made by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).”
The FTC’s complaint alleges that D-Link failed to take reasonable steps to secure its routers and IP cameras, potentially compromising sensitive consumer information, including live video and audio feeds from D-Link IP cameras, the commission said. The FTC has pursued similar cases against ASUS and TRENDnet, the commission noted.
IoT Security Under the Microscope
The lawsuit essentially puts all IoT (Internet of Things) device makers on notice — potentially holding them accountable for security holes that leave businesses and consumers vulnerable to attacks.
Major Internet outages, including a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack last year, have been traced back to a range of IoT devices that lacked basic patches and security settings. Regulators have been exploring potential legislation to address basic IoT security needs. The FTC has provided guidance to IoT companies on how to preserve privacy and security in their products while still innovating and growing IoT technology.