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How IoT Is The Perfect Target For DDoS Attacks And Data Breaches

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The world is taking advantage of the many benefits that the Internet of Things has to offer. However, along with these benefits comes the great threat of DDoS attacks and data breaches.

What Is DDoS?

DDoS refers to Distributed Denial of Service, and this type of cyber attack is meant to compromise an online service by overwhelming the server through multiple sources. Such attacks are not new, and certain events last year demonstrate just how serious these threats can be.

Krebs DDoS Attack

In September 2016, journalist Brian Krebs suffered a DDoS attack that lost him his anti-DDoS protection after Krebs published a detailed article about vDos, a DDoS service allegedly responsible for a number of attacks.

Hours after the publication of the article, Krebs’ site was aggressively attacked, which led to his free anti-DDoS provider Akamai to forfeit its service.

A very similar attack happened to Dyn just a month after Krebs’, which crippled sites such as PayPal, Reddit, and Spotify, by using DVRs, webcams, security cameras, baby monitors, and other devices with internet connectivity.

What’s scary about the attack on Krebs and Dyn wasn’t just the aggressiveness of the attack, but the fact that it can be traced to webcams, routers, home gadgets, and other IoT devices. Such devices are not just easy to obtain and manipulate. They are also difficult to monitor and control as they are rarely protected.

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