In light of the news that a huge IoT botnet that has emerged called ‘Satori’ which has already infected over 280,000 IP addresses in just 12 hours, and has taken hundreds of thousands of home routers hostage, Rodney Joffe, SVP and Fellow, Neustar, a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services provides an insight below.
Rodney Joffe, SVP and Fellow at Neustar:
“As the number of devices connected to the internet continues to rapidly expand, so do the mass of vulnerabilities associated with the IoT. The sheer volume and complexity of these devices has opened a large window for targeted attacks, compromising the security and safety of household items, such as home routers.”
“To successfully mitigate these botnet’s, there needs to be a greater understanding of how to safeguard the realm of the IoT, and everything it encompasses. While consumers are busying themselves with a brand new wealth of connected devices, making their homes, and lives, more convenient, it’s up to the manufacturers of these products to prioritise security.”
“With every element of the IoT being connected, the knock-on effect of one device being hit by some form of cyber-attack has the power to, almost instantly, cripple millions of others. In order to work towards stamping-out the huge threat to the IoT landscape, more cohesive security strategies need to be considered, with consumers being made aware of the wider ecosystem they’re signing up to, the potential risks associated with this, and how best to isolate them.”
“While the hype and attraction around connected products continues to unravel, it’s essential enough time is being taken to know these devices inside out, to realistically stand a chance at keeping consumer information in the right hands.”