IoTuesday: 5 Easy Ways to Secure Your IoT Devices – News – SparkFun Electronics

Got an internet-connected device as a gift? Let’s have a quick chat about how to prevent another Mirai botnet attack.by ShawnHymel January 03, 2017 11:06 Central Standard Time 8 Internet of Things IoTuesday Favorite1On Friday, October 21, 2016, hackers unleashed a torrent of web requests at the Domain Name System (DNS) services managed by Dyn. By continually slamming these DNS servers with web traffic from different sources (known as “distributed denial of service,” or DDoS), legitimate requests to get the IP addresses of popular sites like Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, etc. were denied. What made this attack interesting is that the attackers relied on botnets (internet-connected computers that automatically communicate with each other to coordinate efforts) made of mostly IP cameras, home routers and printers infected with the Mirai malware.Other home devices that might be connected to the Internet (and potential targets for other attacks): Smart TVs Cable receiver box Video game systems Thermostat Smart light bulbs

Source: IoTuesday: 5 Easy Ways to Secure Your IoT Devices – News – SparkFun Electronics

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