Combating Botnets in IoT Devices

by Steve Hoffenberg, with Chris Rommel, February 2017spacer

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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have existed since the late 1990s, but the category of cyberattacks came to the forefront of the computing industry due to several high-profile attacks in late 2016 that came from malware-infected IoT devices, primarily home security cameras. Previously, “smart home” product makers were only expected to protect the functionality of their devices and the data they generate. Many OEMs in consumer electronics weren’t up to that task, and now they’re expected to help protect the integrity of devices and networks that don’t even belong to their own customers. It should come as no surprise that the product makers might not consider securing somebody else’s network to be their problem. In this VDC View, we provide some opinions and suggestions on ways to reduce the likelihood of IoT devices being turned into malware bots.

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