Hi IoTeX fans
The market for IoT devices is growing rapidly. Along with the development of the industry, the need for security remains high. Experts have yet to find reliable solutions to IoT security problems. Enterprises are concerned about the potential risks of implementing IoT solutions. Consumers, on the other hand, need stable devices.
Cybersecurity researchers offer a look at five major incidents in the IoT segment.
Mirai DDoS Botnet
Probably the most famous botnet attack using IoT devices is the Mirai DDoS (distributed denial of service attack). It has successfully slowed down or paralyzed the Internet over almost the entire East Coast of the United States. As a result, Dyn, a network service provider, suffered significant losses.
The botnet was deployed for selfish reasons by 21-year-old Paras Jha (New Jersey), Dalton Norman (Dalton Norman, Louisiana) and 20-year-old Josiah White (Pennsylvania). Attackers planned to disable private servers with Minecraft and entice users to their server.
Among the victims are not only Minecraft servers served by the DNS provider Dyn, but also Twitter, Reddit, Yelp, Imgur, PayPal, Airbnb, Pinterest, Soundcloud, Spotify, GitHub, HBO, CNN, Starbucks, Yammer, etc. Without stable mobile communications, subscribers of the largest European telecom operator Deutsche Telekom remained for several hours. Problems with access to the network were observed among users in the United States and Western Europe.
The botnet scanned many open Telnet ports and performed the authentication procedure using 61 default login / password combinations of devices. It turned out that an army of hacked devices was created by students at Rutgers University.
Jeep and virtual hijacking:red_car:
In 2016, two hackers, Charlie Miller (Charlie Miller) and Chris Valasek (Chris Valasek), successfully seized control of the Jeep Cherokee. This was the first virtual hijacking. The driver was in the car. After vulnerabilities were detected in the vehicle, the “attackers” took control of the ventilation system flaps, radios, wipers, etc. All this happened while the driver was driving. Soon, the faces of Miller and Valasek appeared on the display of the multimedia system, and the driver lost control of the brakes, accelerator and steering system. In the end, hackers were able to remotely stop the car.
Attackers published a list of the most vulnerable cars, prompting automakers to make software fixes. They recommended brand owners of these machines to pay attention to the need for regular system updates.
Owlet WiFi cardiac monitor for children
Owlet is a heart rate sensor used in infant socks. You can use the device from birth to 18 months. Socks are compatible with iOS and Android 30 and work via Bluetooth 4.0 within a radius of 30 m. Socks control the frequency of heartbeats, oxygen level in the blood, body position during sleep. Parents can set alerts in the smartphone application if the indicators deviate from the norm.
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