The internet of all things going awry

This site and OoL have run posts before,mainly courtesy Ken Craggs, on the Internet of Things, Information Awareness and all of that.   I know I say it over and over but certain thing stick in the memory.

Wolfie once wrote that he’s been with such supposedly dire people and they couldn’t organize their way out of a paper bag [or words to that effect].   They certainly have these big plans but something always seems to happen.

This below, from haiku, falls under that heading:

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Bad guys have already hijacked up to 100,000 devices in the Internet of Things and used them to launch malware attacks, Internet security firm Proofpoint said on Thursday.

It’s apparently the first recorded large-scale Internet of Things hack. Proofpoint found that the compromised gadgets—which included everything from routers and smart televisions to at least one smart refrigerator—sent more than 750,000 malicious emails to targets between December 26, 2013 and January 6, 2014.

The hack came to light over the relatively quiet holiday period when a security researcher at Proofpoint noticed a spike in thousands of malicious messages sent from a range of IP addresses she didn’t recognize, David Knight, a Proofpoint executive in charge of information security products, told me in an interview.

See also: The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You.

I had to scrape haiku off the floor, he was laughing fit to bust.


2 responses to “The internet of all things going awry

  1. Interesting that it was a member of a company that ‘just happens’ to have the necessary software available to prevent such things happening – strange that.

    The people commenting on this at El Reg had rather less complimentary thing to say.