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First documented cyber attack of smart appliances unveiled

Over 750k malicious emails came from infected Internet of Things devices

Jan 17 2014, 9:57am CST | by

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First documented cyber attack of smart appliances unveiled

We all hate spam and the extra effort required to find important items in the glut of emails we get. A company called Proofpoint has published a report that claims to show the first documented case of an attack on the Internet of Things reports Technologytell.

The attack reportedly compromised a number of devices that connect to the Internet of Things like smart appliances, smart TVs, and more. According to the report over 750,000 malicious emails were sent out from over 100,000 internet connected home appliances, routers, and other gadgets.

Proofpoint wrote in the report, "Proofpoint’s findings reveal that cyber criminals have begun to commandeer home routers, smart appliances and other components of the Internet of Things and transform them into “thingbots” to carry out the same type of malicious activity. Cyber criminals intent on stealing individual identities and infiltrating enterprise IT systems have found a target-rich environment in these poorly protected internet connected devices that may be more attractive and easier to infect and control than PC, laptops, or tablets."

The company says that the attack was easy to execute. To make matters worse, most of these internet of Things devices have little protection and some have no way to detect an infection or to fix an infection when it occurs.


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