Security Breach Executes From Fish Tank
The concept of smart devices leaving people and companies vulnerable for cyber attacks is nothing new. However, hackers using a smart fish tank to breach the cyber security of an unnamed North American casino, is a first.
Hackers breached the fish tank, then scanned the system for any additional vulnerabilities. After finding more security gaps, the hackers sent data to an account in Finland. It was then, that the casino knew something was wrong and stopped the attack from going any further.
The data that was transmitted to Finland, is not being released.
Other Internet of Things (IoT) Devices Attacks
“Last year, the Mirai botnet took control of smart home devices, like security cameras, all over the world, effectively turning them into zombie machines directing web traffic to take down popular websites like Netflix and Twitter.”
There have also been reports of smart televisions and smart cars being vulnerable to hackers. The issue with IoT devices are, few security programs are compatible with these devices. Another issue lies within the manufacturers. The companies that make IoT devices (smart watches, televisions, fish tanks, cameras, cars, appliances, etc.) are focused more on the bottom dollar, instead of understanding the cyber security needs of creating a product with these functionalities. These needs must be addressed sooner than later.
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