We were promised flying cars. Instead, we get malware-infected CCTVs serving as remote launch pads for digital attacks that help criminals earn cryptocurrency by crashing large parts of the internet. But new defenses offer promise for blunting such attacks.
An evaluation of new U.S. government guidance to prevent the hacking of automotive computers and electronics leads the latest ISMG Security Report. Also, IBM takes responsibility for the impact of a DDoS attack and a preview of the ISMG Healthcare Security Summit.
On the heels of the massive DDoS attack that disrupted DNS services provided by Dyn, Singaporean ISP StarHub's DNS services were likewise targeted. The ISP has blamed customer-owned IoT devices for the attack, but it has not named the malware involved.
The malware-infected IoT army that disrupted domain name server provider Dyn was composed of, at most, 100,000 devices, the company estimates in an after-action report. But claims that the attacks peaked at 1.2 Tbps remain unconfirmed.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai will recall up to 10,000 webcams in the wake of the IoT-powered DDoS attacks that pummeled DNS provider Dyn. But information security experts say that only a more resilient internet will blunt future attacks.
IBM is blaming subcontractors for failing to block DDoS attacks that disrupted Australia's largest-ever online census in early August. But as the project's chief contractor, IBM is now in compensation negotiations with the government.
Evaluating ways to thwart massive distributed denial-of-service attacks leads the latest edition of the ISMG Security Report. Also, explaining how "conspiracy theories" tied to an historic breach of Yahoo will have an impact on the internet company's future.
Internet of things security takeaway: Save yourself, and by doing so, maybe help save the rest of us too. That's the obvious takeaway from the rise of low-tech, high-impact Mirai malware, which has been tied to the record-setting Oct. 21 DDoS attack against Dyn.
Chinese manufacturer Xiongmai has promised to replace or patch some IoT components that attackers are using to build massive internet of things Mirai botnets to wage DDoS attacks, such as the Oct. 21 disruption of DNS provider Dyn. But security experts question whether these moves will blunt future IoT attacks.
Massive DDoS attacks, targeting DNS provider Dyn, have triggered widespread internet disruptions. Security intelligence firm Flashpoint says the attacks have been perpetrated at least in part via a botnet of Mirai-infected internet of things devices.
Widespread website outages beginning early Oct. 21 are suspected to have been caused by a massive distributed denial-of-service attack against DNS service provider Dyn. Numerous sites, including Amazon and Twitter, were sporadically unavailable.
IoT botnets, the term for armies of hacked internet-connected devices, aren't going away. And an anecdote from the field shows the gravity of the problem and why it's unlikely to be resolved any time soon.
The internet of things is being compromised by malware-wielding attackers exploiting default credentials baked into devices. What will it take for manufacturers to ship devices that are secure by default?
Bad news: A developer has released the source code for Mirai malware, which is designed to automatically find and hack internet of things devices, turning them into DDoS cannons. The malware has been tied to recent record-smashing DDoS attacks.