How infected IoT devices are used for massive DDoS attacks

September 27, 2016

One of the largest and most devastating distributed denial-of-service attacks to date shows how a mix of infected computers and internet-connected devices is giving attackers more firepower than ever before.  

Cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs first became aware Sept. 20 of a massive 665G bits-per-second DDoS attack hitting his website, impacting and exhausting the bandwidth of the site's content delivery network and host provider Akamai. Largely due to exceeding mitigation costs, Akamai forced Krebs on Security offline, forcing him to find another partnership.

The hack is significant beyond the damage it caused to Krebs’ blog, because it illustrates a lack of even basic digital security measures evident in many currently deployed Internet of Things devices, explained Rami Essaid, CEO of Distil Networks, a San Francisco-based cybersecurity firm that specializes in stopping botnet-style attacks

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