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It is fascinating to see how extraordinary our daily life has become. Courtesy of Driverless cars, AI robots and state-of-the-art innovation— the future we had been dreaming of is here. This revolution is called the Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, it is estimated that by the end of 2025, there will be 55.75B IoT Devices, creating connectivity of smart appliances, smart grids, self-driving cars, and many more.
IoT is defined as physical systems and information systems colliding with each other. While it brings tremendous advantages into the life of people, it also brings risks in the form of IoT security challenges. In the cyber world, countless people are checking in all the time with an aim to infect the devices by installing video recorders, listening to communications, stealing data, gaining access to code handling and analyzing data at the edge side.
Therefore it’s imperative for organizations to constantly evaluate the risks on the security aspects of IoT devices.
Recent IoT Attacks
Since IoT systems are vulnerable to attacks, they continue to get prone to malicious cyber breaches. Here is a list of significant attacks that shook the world of the Internet of Things:
Malware can harm the computer in various ways and sometimes the effects are not known until it is too late! What’s worse? Your device is getting affected by Botnet (short for Robot+Network). Cybercriminals use special malware to breach the security of several users’ devices and organize all affected systems into a network of bot.
The affected device may operate completely normally with no warning sign but the hacker gets access to create a zombie or bot network which is capable of spreading many different kinds of cybercrimes, such as spreading DDoS or Malware attack.
Mozi malware comprises source code from Mirai, Gafgyt and IoT Reaper, which are all part of Malware families that target IoT devices. Mozi is capable of embedding Linux devices with exposed telnet.
Similar to Xbash Botnet, the Mozi malware assembles the affected IoT devices into an IoT botnet which is accessible by the network owner. The owner can easily distribute DDoS attacks, payload execution and exfiltrate data by accessing the network.