Friday, 06 March 2015 18:40
A new report that looked into some recent botnet attacks (groups or infected 'computers' that are used for cyber attacks) found that smartdevices such as smart TV's, multimedia devices and even a refrigerator were part of the attacks due to the fact that these connected devices have no malware protection. This brings up an interesting point as more and more devices are connected to the internet (and connected 24/7) these devices run the risk of being infected without the owner knowing (or being able to do anything about it). About all you can do at this point is sit down with your smart fridge and have a talk about internet safety and hope for the best.
CNET has the story.
With the rise of the Internet of Things comes a lot of convenience, such as smart fridges that let you access the internet and call for service in the case of malfunction, or devices that can monitor your energy usage and send you Twitter updates.
It also comes with a new problem: many of these internet-connected devices don't have malware protection. And it's now been documented that someone is taking advantage. Security company Proofpoint has discovered a botnet attack — that is, a cyber attack whereby the attacker hijacks devices remotely to send spam — incorporating over 100,000 devices between 23 December and 6 January, including routers, multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator.