A US university was recently hit by a DDoS attack made possible after its own IoT devices across campus were hijacked and turned against its network, in a manner reminiscent of the notorious Mirai campaign, Verizon has revealed.
Jason Hart, CTO of data protection at Gemalto, added that IoT devices can also act as portals to highly sensitive data.
“No matter how secure one device is, if there is another one that is connected to the same network that isn’t, hackers can manipulate and use this to access other devices within the network or as in this case, stop normal operation of other systems,” he argued.
“In order to prevent this from happening, organizations must ensure they are putting in the right protocols to protect the data at its source.”
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