Could a smart toaster bring down your network? Why the Internet Of Things is something to be weary of

Avid Internet of Things advocates must be feeling like the Trojans did when they realized what was inside the big wooden horse.

Enthusiasts of the Internet of Things, or IoT – where everyday appliances use network connectivity to improve and expand their functionality – could only gape in bewilderment last October 21, when hackers enlisted over 100,000 toasters, cameras and other Internet-enabled home devices for the largest DdoS attack of the year.

Their tool was a nasty piece of malware called Mirai. It scans for vulnerable IoT gadgets that use out-of-the-box logins and passwords, infects them, and propagates – allowing malware operators to aggregate them into a sizeable botnet for use in DDoS attacks.

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