A new variant of the Mirai botnet has added at least three exploits to its arsenal, which enable it to target additional IoT devices, including routers and DVRs. The new version of Mirai - a powerful cyberattack tool which took down large swathes of the internet across the US and Europe in late-2016 - has been uncovered by researchers at security company Fortinet, who have dubbed it Wicked after lines in the code. The original version of Mirai was deployed to launch massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but has also been modified for other means after its source code was published online including to turn unpatched IoT devices into crytocurrency miners and proxy servers for delivering malware. While the original Mirai uses traditional brute force attacks in an attempt to gain control of IoT devices, Wicked uses known and available exploits in order to do its work. Many of these are old, but the inability of many IoT devices to actually install updates means they haven't … [Read more...] about Mirai botnet adds three new attacks to target IoT devices
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--Ayla Networks, whose Internet of Things (IoT) platform-as-a-service (PaaS) delivers industry-leading device management and application enablement, has made its first official foray into the low-power cellular IoT market. Sunsea Telecommunications, Ayla’s joint-venture partner, has introduced a new cellular IoT module series that will ship with the Ayla IoT device agent pre-installed. The new Sunsea cellular IoT cloud modules are being manufactured by SIMCom Wireless Solutions and Longsung, subsidiaries of Sunsea that together account for a significant share of the worldwide cellular IoT market.The Sunsea modules, which support narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) and 4G and 2G cellular networks, will provide the first out-of-the-box cellular connectivity, device management and application enablement—from the end device at the edge to the cloud—for cellular IoT solutions. By using these cellular IoT modules running the Ayla … [Read more...] about Ayla Networks Announces That Its IoT Device Agent Is Pre-Installed on the New Sunsea Low-Power WAN Cellular IoT Module
On October 12, 2016, a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack left much of the internet inaccessible on the U.S. east coast. The attack, which authorities initially feared was the work of a hostile nation-state, was in fact the work of the Mirai botnet.This attack, which initially had much less grand ambitions — to make a little money off of Minecraft aficionados — grew more powerful than its creators ever dreamed possible. It's a story of unintended consequences and unexpected security threats, and it says a lot about our modern age. But to understand it, you need a little background.How botnets workIf you want to get into the details, check out this primer on the subject, but in a nutshell, a botnet is a collection of internet-connected computers — the "bots" — that are under remote control from some outside party. Usually these computers have been compromised by some outside attacker who controls aspects of their functionality without the owners … [Read more...] about The Mirai botnet explained: How IoT devices almost brought down the internet
Networking IoT devices can be challenging for IT managers because the communications requirements can be very different from those for typical PCs, tablets and smartphones currently connected to corporate networks. +RELATED: Most powerful internet of things companies; What is the industrial IoT? And why the stakes are so high+In addition, there is an incredible diversity of IoT devices and how they are used. For example: A police car is now an IT-intensive mobile office. It has multiple IT systems (PCs, local tracking, cameras, sensors), which need bi-directional high speed, secure and reliable connectivity. Manufacturing sites rely on a wide range of sensors and video cameras to monitor the manufacturing processes and ensure safe, continuous operations. These sensors are often in hard to reach locations and require reliable, secure communications. Deployment of surveillance cameras in public settings is now widespread due to security concerns. These cameras need high speed, … [Read more...] about How to deal with networking IoT devices
Expect a computational tidal wave by 2020.By then, data traveling to and from an estimated 20 billion IoT devices will flood datacenters—outpacing data flowing from datacenters to users by a factor of 275.Yet there’s a wealth of computing power in underused devices that often lie dormant for long stretches of time, collectively hundreds of times as large as Amazon’s ubiquitous global cloud.Fog computing, definedFor the uninitiated, fog computing extends centralized cloud datacenters to include existing computing devices, creating a network of low-latency computing and storage that can process data closer to where it is produced.Or, as Forrester Research Analyst Sophia Vargas puts it: Fog is a broader, integrated architecture across various distributed components. … We are talking about specialized infrastructure, even chips in devices that maybe aren’t real computing devices. [To create the fog] a whole new set of protocols may be needed. And there is not … [Read more...] about 20 billion IoT devices. Now what?