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The internet of things has really left many smiling at the convenience it accords them but it comes with its risks. Just as many have encountered cyber-attacks while using their Personal computers and phones one can be vulnerable to a cyber-attack from those home appliance that are employing the smart technology.
Various investigation have proved that hackers have the ability of breaking into household appliance this being inclusive of televisions, refrigerators as well as routers. These hackers were able to send malicious emails to an innumerable number of household appliances which were connected to unsecured networks. It is also worth noting that they smoke detectors and smart thermostat were also caught up in the mix.
Smarthome appliances a haven for hackers…
It is now a fact that your smart home appliances could act as hacker havens if you don’t take the necessary precautions. This is demonstrated by the investigation which found the shocking news that close to 750,000 malicious emails affected a mind blowing number of smart home appliances. This is like adding insult to injury if you already have a personal computer or a tablet which was hacked into by this malicious software. This is a clear proof that as much as ‘the internet of things’ has enabled us to control various home appliances when we are out of site or far away from home it is also a great conduit which is almost for those who want to engage in cyber-crime.
A large number of malicious emails that can be sent in a short span of time is alarming as evidenced but certain investigations. It is unheard of for a homeowner to -install anti-spam or anti-virus programs to various home appliances and this makes this devices particularly vulnerable to these malicious cyber-crimes. This should act as an alarm call that relevant security measures should be taken to prevent future attacks being inflicted into this state of the art devices.
The Botnet attack
It seems as if hackers are taking advantage of the existing loopholes to create a Botnet attack platform. A Botnet platform refers to state in which the devices compromised by the hackers are made to act as zombie machines and these overburden the internet traffic. This situation is used to target certain websites that serve the devices which are targeted by the hackers. For successful cyber-crimes using this botnet attack hackers executed their actions using various malicious emails which were sent in large numbers to various smart appliances which in turn overburden certain websites. With the development of more smart devices and with the information traffic growing out of control this problems are bound to happen in the future times unless due measures are taken to curb this trend at its formative stages. An increase in the number of interconnected devices and the existence of insecure are what are providing a fertile soil for the growth of the botnet attacks.
Looking into future
By the year 2020, it is expected that there will be approximately 30 billion devices which will be interconnected worldwide, this is according to the Gartner research firm. This huge number of devices will reduce the level of tracking for malicious software as the level of security is likely to be spared in favor of convenience. Things are becoming elephant for companies which are responsible for tracking breaches in privacy as many devices have flooded the market. This is evidenced by the case of Proofpoint which discovered that many of the hackers were launching more than 10 emails for each IP address as many people prefer to use unsecured network and those who set up their devices incorrectly or those who opted for easy to find networks.
Even as we continue enjoying the internet of things and conveniently handle our affairs it is good to understand that all these smart appliances are vulnerable to malicious attacks.
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