Attackers Exploit Weak IoT Security

Akamai researchers say attackers are using an old OpenSSH vulnerability to target IoT devices and launch attacks.

While the Internet of Things is touted for facilitating all sorts of life-changing services, there’s been an undercurrent of anxiety among the more security conscious IT pros. Their concern: All those smart devices, oftentimes built with default passwords and otherwise poor protection, could put networks and users at risk. Now it’s clear those fears were warranted.

Recent events have put the spotlight on IoT security – or to be more precise, IoT insecurity. Malware has surfaced that allows attackers to create botnets from vulnerable IoT devices and launch distributed denial-of-service attacks. For example, Mirai was used in last month’s high-profile DDoS attack on the KrebsOnSecurity website.

In September, Symantec reported that cybercriminals are taking advantage of poor IoT security to hijack home networks and consumer devices and carry out DDoS attacks, most often against large companies.

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Marcia Savage is the managing editor for Network Computing, and has been covering technology for 15 years. She has written and edited for CRN and spent several years covering information security for SC Magazine and TechTarget. Marcia began her journalism career in daily … View Full Bio

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