According to recent reports, not even your washing machine is safe from new malware threats.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a hotspot for malware threats, Kaspersky Lab’s newest report claims.

The report says that more than 120,000 malware modifications have taken place in the first half of 2018, which is three times more than during the whole of 2017.

How are hackers getting in?

Brute force seems to be the most popular way of breaching these IoT devices (97 per cent of cases), where a hacker tries to guess the password countless times until they finally succeed.

Which devices are hit?

Devices vary between routers (60 per cent of all attacks) and DVR devices (40 per cent), followed by printers and other IoT devices which included 33 washing machines.

Why are these devices targeted?

Hackers attack these IoT devices mostly because they want to use them to expand their DDoS botnet. They can turn simple machines into powerful devices for illegal activity and use them for spying, stealing, blackmailing and conducting Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, adds:

“For those people who think that IoT devices don’t seem powerful enough to attract the attention of cybercriminals, and that won’t become targets for malicious activities, this research should serve as a wake-up call. “Some smart gadget manufacturers are still not paying enough attention to the security of their products, and it’s vital that this changes – and that security is implemented at the design stage, rather than considered as an afterthought. At this point, even if vendors improve the security of devices currently on the market, it will be a while before old, vulnerable devices have been phased out of our homes.”

It seems that previously exploited breaches have not yet been fixed, while criminals are constantly discovering new ones. These products have become the easy target that hackers look for.

If you’re worried about your cyber security or are looking to protect your devices, speak to one of our SCS experts and we’ll be happy to advise – 0800 9520652.