Posted 01/20/2014 at 11:23 AM
Posted 4 years ago
The Internet Of Things is where the future of technology is. And the future is now. Everything has a first and the first fridge to be hacked fell victim to being on the chopping block, just as we predicted would most likely happen. The hackers targeted a fridge, as it is one of many a household item obviously lacking the security of tablets or PCs, to send spam to.
Delivering phishing emails and vicious spam, the cyber-attack went as easily as a knife through slightly melted butter to invade televisions, connected multimedia centers, home-networking routers and at least one known refrigerator.
There is, according to California’s Proofpoint security firm a heightened concern raised by the infection of the ginormous “botnet” that took place for two weeks starting on December 23rd, 2013. The firm had this to say on the incident:
(The case) “has significant security implications for device owners and enterprise targets.” Both smart and connected devices, spanning all kinds of household and office items from clothing to appliances, are expected to see an incredibly large surge in growth as time marches on — in the grand scheme of The Internet of Things.
Now, how exactly will the implementation to protect these interconnected things proceed?