Botnets and the IoT
Botnets are a network of infected computers or devices that are controlled remotely by cybercriminals to orchestrate spam campaigns, commit fraud, and create traffic for distributed denial-of-service attacks. Botnets have been around since the early 2000’s but have become more difficult to defend against.
Today, the Internet of Things has become a target for cybercriminals. Devices and gadgets such as webcams, DVRs and routers are being hacked, due to the lack of security that they have, to build large botnets that can be used to bring the victim’s system to a crawl and inevitably crash. The most recent example of this type of attack was with the domain name provider Dyn. This caused sites like Twitter and Netflix to temporarily disappear from the internet.
The reason IoT devices are not secure is because they are cheap devices that neither the seller nor the buyer cares about security because it does not effect them in any way.
How can this ever growing threat be neutralized? Is there any way that IoT device manufacturers will produce more secure products?