As the Internet of Things (IoT) is gaining grounds and being implemented in even more areas, specialists predict it to also be the means for the next big cyber-attack.
As just recently a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack was launched through the use of IoT’s, the security threat posed by the new services has been made clear for everyone. But what many of those involved in the matter have yet to see is that the IoT’s innovations come with new, different kinds of threats than the ones already faced and as such, will need a different approach, one that will have to heavily rely on the same IT.
The DDoS huge attack, which targeted the KrebsOnSecurity security blog, could actually be considered an innovation as its means, and not its actual purpose, were the deciding factor in both their approach and defeat.
The software used in order to launch the attack was not transmitted through the most commonly affected device, computers, instead, it targeted what no one expected but experts claim to have seen coming. Lightbulbs, home routers, cameras, and millions of other IoT-based devices were used and although the attack failed, it was nonetheless the largest ever cyber-attack as Akamai engineers, the company that helped prevent it, discovered a 620 Gbps-sized hack.
Analysts warn that the possibility of a new such infringement still stands as the IoT weak security measures are starting to pose a real threat. Security consultants are starting to draw attention and urge the device’s manufacturers to pay more attention and invest more in their product’s security.
The Internet of Things appliances are, unfortunately, an easy target as their current state is not too hard to compromise, but harder to repair in case the device owner would actually realize that they are in a botnet as PenTestParteners, a security consultancy based in the UK, is trying to warn.
As new IoT-powered technologies are being developed ranging from household appliances to cars and transportation means, to name just a few, the security threat they have started to pose is only growing and expanding its affected areas. As most companies seem to lack the financial aid needed in order to deflect an attack, it seems that, at least for now, the best thing for them would be to implement a security plan and be prepared for what could potentially be the next, big cyber-attack.
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