1.5 Billion Attacks on Internet of Things (IoT)/Smart Devices during First Half of 2021; Smart Watches, Home Accessories, etc.
Experts have been warning for years about cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities of Internet of Things (IoT) and “Smart” devices. Examples continue to be reported (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).
Thanks to Threatpost for reporting 1.5 billion more:
IoT Attacks Skyrocket, Doubling in 6 Months
The first half of 2021 saw 1.5 billion attacks on smart devices, with attackers looking to steal data, mine cryptocurrency or build botnets.
The first six months of 2021 have seen a more than 100-percent growth in cyberattacks against internet-of-things (IoT) devices, researchers have found.
According to a Kaspersky analysis of its telemetry from honeypots shared with Threatpost, the firm detected more than 1.5 billion IoT attacks – up from 639 million during the previous half year, which is more than twice the volume.
“Since IoT devices, from smartwatches to smart home accessories, have become an essential part of our everyday lives, cybercriminals have skillfully switched their attention to this area,” said Dan Demeter, security expert at Kaspersky. “We see that once users’ interest in smart devices rose, attacks also intensified.”
It should be noted that it’s not just a concern on the personal front, either. With millions still working from home, cybercriminals are targeting corporate resources via home networks and in-home smart devices too, according to Red Canary’s Grant Oviatt. They know organizations haven’t quite gotten used to the new perimeter — or lack thereof.
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