Internet of Things Devices and Their Security Vulnerabilities

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Internet of Things Devices and Their Security Vulnerabilities


CNET has a been an informative outlet for just about anything having to do with consumer level technology. Recently, we came across an article CNET wrote about how IP cameras and other Internet of Things devices can easily be hacked and wanted to share that. This past Friday, October 21st, a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS, was performed against Dyn. Dyn is a company that manages website domains and routes Internet traffic. A DDoS attack is an attempt to overwhelm a website with so much traffic that it affects its normal service and can eventually take it down. This is exactly what happened on Friday and it affected many websites such as Twitter, Netflix, and Reddit.

The truth of the matter is that no company can be totally invulnerable to such attacks. This is why it is so important to protect your network as much as possible, including changing default passwords on your Internet connected devices and making sure your network’s firewall settings are secure. In this case, hackers used something called Mirai Malware (something that also recently affected Sierra Wireless products). Thankfully, we have not experienced or heard of any issues with the other products we carry, including our CloudCams . The attack on Dyn occurred for the first time early morning and another came mid-afternoon. By Friday evening however, Dyn reported that they had resolved the issue.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 October 2016 )
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