Do you use a webcam to check on Tiddles the cat or Bonzo the dog while you’re at work? If so, you could be unwittingly turning your internet-connected “smart” home into a weapon of web destruction.That’s the unsettling conclusion to be drawn from the recent web attacks that made use of a botnet army of compromised connected devices, from webcams to printers, to knock out a number of popular websites.The smart home, it seems, is pretty dumb when it comes to security.Wi-fi routers, digital video recorders, controllable lighting, security cameras – all these devices offer a potentially easy way in to your network and then the wider internet.As the Internet Society warned last year: “The interconnected nature of IoT [internet of things] devices means that every poorly secured device that is connected online potentially affects the security and resilience of the internet globally.”Yes, checking on Frou-Frou, your Miniature Schnauzer, via a poorly secured webcam could help break the internet. Forget Kim Kardashian.In the good old days, hackers could launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack – overloading computer servers with millions of pointless requests for information, thereby knocking them out – using personal computers infected with malware.Nowadays, they also have the… Read full this story
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