It is slowly becoming common knowledge that connected devices that are under-protected, just waiting to be compromised by any half-competent hacker. The most common reason is that typically products are rushed to market so they can be first on the scene, and not much consideration is invested in giving the device security by design. As a result IoT botnets are now gaining popularity with hackers, with CCTV botnets reported to be among the most common. Security experts at Incapsula, the cloud-based application delivery platform, first warned about them in March 2014, when they became aware of a steep 240 percent increase in botnet activity on their network, much of it traced back to compromised CCTV cameras. As well as increasing the volume of attacks, criminals are now using multi-vector attacks. Incapsula’s figures show that 81 percent of all network attacks employed at least two different attack methods, with almost 39 percent using three or more different attack methods simultaneously.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Roi Perez, SC Magazine