Cybercriminals Boost Attacks On Home Devices

Cybercriminals are shifting their attention from traditional computers to Internet-connected devices in Canadian homes, says the government's cybersecurity agency.


In its threat assessment for 2018, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security says devices connected to the internet — such as a growing number of "televisions, home appliances, thermostats and cars" — have become popular targets.


"Manufacturers have rushed to connect more types of devices to the internet, often prioritising ease of use over security," the centre wrote in its report.


"We regularly observe cybercriminals exploiting security flaws in devices resulting in either disruption to device functionality or using devices as platforms to launch other malicious cyber activities."


Cybercriminals used thousands of devices connected to the internet — from baby monitors to air quality monitors and surveillance cameras — to launch a botnet attack in October 2016.


"The botnet conducted a powerful Distributed Denial of Service (attack) that disrupted a major website domain manager, temporarily disabling some of the world's most popular e-commerce, entertainment and social media sites for millions of users."

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