Remember that massive disruption of service attack last October? The one where major websites such as Amazon, Paypal, twitter, Reddit and Github went down for the day? Well it turns out an attack like this could repeat itself soon enough if the security of internet connected devices does not improve.
After analysis, experts concluded that a botnet of over 100,000 Internet of Things devices, (anything with the ability to receive and send signals over the net) attacked a Domain Name Service. These IOT devices were infected with a virus called Mirai, which caused these to act as one massive swarm of computers trying to connect to the same server(s) at once. This overloaded the service which translates numbers into names and redirects computers to the proper location on the internet. The virus Mirai simply used default user names and passwords to gain administrative rights on these devices such as wireless cameras to turn these devices into bots.
A year later, not much has changed with the security of IOT devices. The default user name and passwords are still in use for a majority of these devices. Security awareness has only increased marginally for the average person who uses this tech, and the number of IOT devices is spreading. This year at CES showcased devices such as IOT showers and toasters. These are going to be prime for exploit if not configured properly. Internet security starts with the person first and foremost, it is important to stay informed of the latest bugs and exploits. The responsibility for reporting these bugs relies on the company as well. Overall, cyber security will be become a major issue for us all as the Internet takes over our daily lives.