IoT Botnet Threatens To Take Down The Internet

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A BotNet has threatened to take down the internet!

A botnet (short for robot-network) is a network made up of remote-controlled computers, or “bots”. The word “bot” doesn’t always mean a bad piece of software, but most people refer to a type of malware when they use this word.

This BotNet called 'IoT_reaper’, has threatened to take down the internet!

What is IoT? It refers toInternet of things which is appliances or gadgets that are connected to the internet: such as cameras, smart-locks, routers, or any smart appliance.

A hacker is able to control them because their security is less strict than other devices connected to the internet such as our smartphones or computers.

Hackers exploit them and flood them with requests which causes them to stop working. Hackers can also get all the infected devices to flood a website with commands which would make it stop working as well.

Researchers believe the malware has already infected nearly two million devices and growing continuously at a rate of 10,000 new devices per day! Researchers are warning that the next cyber hurricane is on its way!

Researchers are warning that the next cyber hurricane is on its way!

You need to be more vigilant about the security of your smart devices and here are three practical tips to protect your IoT devices:

  1. Change Default Passwords of your connected devices
  2. Disable Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP)
  3. Check for Software Updates and Patches

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