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Cyberbytes February 2019

Cyberbytes February 2019


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Is Your IoT Device Smart Enough Not To Get Hacked?
by Joe Johnston, Network Technician at Integrated Solutions

By the end of 2020 there will be over 20 billion IoT (Internet of Things) devices connected to the internet. The amount of data that passes from device to device, device to server, and device to cloud all carry known, but in most cases unknown, vulnerabilities. 

In October of 2016, there was a massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack that started on the east coast of the US and spread quickly, affecting Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Tumblr, Spotify, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast, and the PlayStation network. Beyond these high profile sites, it is likely that thousands of online retail operations were disrupted. The DDoS attack force included 50,000 to 100,000 internet of things (IoT) devices such as cameras and DVRs enslaved in the Mirai botnet, as well as an unknown number of other devices that are part of other botnets.

With today’s technology, we can order lunch, feed our pets, change the temperature in a room and even order Chinese takeout all from one device; our smartphones. All those conveniences have an inherent risk; they all send and receive data... Keep Reading


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