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Top five biggest threats to IoT security


Hackers have recently been able to obtain access to a wide variety of connected devices, which has prompted new concerns over the security threats of the Internet of Things.

The hackers were found to have gathered a collection of connected devices to generate data and webpage requests that took their targets offline, according to security experts.

Ironically, since October is European Cyber Security Month, CBR has put together a list of the biggest threats to IoT security as of recent.

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  • Ransomware

Ransomware, which has been identified as the main cybersecurity threat of 2016, not only follows the usual system of affecting computers and locking files- IoT ransomware is able to control systems in the real world, not just the computer.

Ransomware attacking IoT ecosystems, may lead to locking them down and industrial IoT ecosystems are said to already include all the characteristics of an easy ransomware target.

When specifically targeted, IoT ransomware can be timely and critical, rather than irreversible. Hackers are eager to target devices at a time and place where there will be no need to reset the device.

For instance, rather than searching valuable files on a Nest Thermostat for instance, hackers will lock it up whilst it is unattended and send a notification that it has been hacked- leaving the owner with costs to pay a ransom or it will remain locked.

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