IoT (Internet of Things) refers to smart devices which have a tendency to replace the usual electronics. These elaborated devices bear software which is highly compatible and, thus, they can be interconnected. For instance, you can connect your mobile device with your washing machine. The latest tendency to employ digital devices to implement cyber attacks is quite unsettling. The more so as around 50 billion of IoT devices are planned to be connected to the Internet by 2020.
The thing is that Internet of Things devices are produced with the focus on their cost and convenience as the main factors, which make the particular device attractive to the end users. Even though they have gotten (and still gets more and more) embedded with the sophisticated electronics, their security is the last thing which is taken into consideration, if it is at all. As a consequence, they can easily become the tools through which your mobile device or personal computer gets infected with malware threats.
Of course, there can be speculations that the computational, as well as resources regarding memory, are not sufficient enough to perform an enormous hacking attack via these instruments, this is not actually true. Though we cannot deny that, for example, printers cannot be regarded equal to computers, concerning the previously mentioned capabilities, they and similar devices can still be used to quite grandiose attacks, as we could have been able to observe in the case of Krebs.
The cyber security researcher Brian Kreb’s website was wiped from the Internet because of the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack. DDoS attack refers to flooding an online service with network traffic from multiple sources and, thus, making the service (i.e. website, etc.) unavailable. This attack was carried through IoT such as digital video recorders and security cameras. Kreb website’s DDoS protection provider, Akamai cloud services, was not able to handle this DDoS attack (at least free of charge), which reached about 620 GB per second.
Accordingly, it is pretty clear that the future goal for cyber security providers is to develop reliable technology to secure Internet of Things devices so that they will not become the means through which cyber criminals reach their goals. And the measures should be taken today.