Cyber-Attackers to Focus on Internet of Things in 2014: IT Experts
A number of IT security experts expect that attackers will increasingly focus on compromising embedded devices and consumer devices that make up the Internet of things.Cyber-attackers and security researchers focused on finding and attacking vulnerable devices on the broader Internet of things in 2013, a trend that will only accelerate in the coming year, according to security experts. The rapid adoption of network-connected devices by consumers and businesses will make the so-called Internet of things more attractive to vulnerability finders and cyber-criminals bent on mischief. From TVs to thermostats and from medical devices to home security, a range of devices are being connected to the Internet and exposed to risks for which they might not be ready, vulnerability management firm Rapid7 said in an email statement to eWEEK. "This is only set to continue—we’re already seeing network-enabled toasters, kettles, fridges and much more emerging," the company stated. "Unfortunately, researchers have found time and again that security issues abound on embedded devices, and they are typically very poorly patched."
Attacks against embedded devices have been rare so far, but security researchers have noted that recently the pace of attacks has accelerated. In November, for example, Symantec posted a brief analysis of a worm, dubbed "Linux.Darlloz," that targeted a variety of Linux distributions with evidence of variants created for chipsets that are normally found in home routers, set-top boxes and security cameras.