According to a new report from F5 Labs, hackers no longer find email servers as interesting as they used to and have now moved their target to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Hackers are shifting their focus from web and application services, and email servers, and are now targeting routers, IP cameras, DVRs and CCTVs.

Where are the attacks coming from?

According to the report, most attacks (18 per cent) are coming from Brazil, followed by China and then Japan.communication 1927697 1920

Who is suffering the most?

Spain has suffered the most, receiving 80 per cent of all monitored traffic within the first half of 2018. Other highly targeted countries include Russia and Hungary.

There is a trend of new IP addresses being used

The top 50 attacks logged each came from new IP addresses, which means that either a lot of new people are involved in these hacks, that hackers are using new systems, or both.

David Warburton, Senior EMEA Threat Research Evangelist at F5 Networks adds: “IoT devices already outnumber people and are multiplying at a rate that far outpaces global population growth. Increasingly, lax security control could endanger lives as, for example, cellular-connected IoT devices providing gateways to critical infrastructures are compromised.”

By 2020, Gartner estimates that there will be more than 20 billion internet-connected devices in the world. That would be a 143 per cent increase in just three years.

With those figures in mind, it’s no wonder that hackers are turning their attention to these devices and it’s more important than ever to keep your device security, and cloud security, up to date to avoid these risks.

If you would like any advice around your systems, networks or devices, contact SCS Technology today on 01522 883636 and we’ll be happy to help.