IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...

Google invests $450m in ADT to boost IoT security devices

Google has announced a $450 million investment in security firm ADT to increase the adoption of IoT security devices.

Often when you hear IoT and security in the same sentence, it's because another device has been hacked. However, secure devices can actually improve the safety of premises (don't be too shocked.)

ADT is one of the most recognisable security brands in the world. You'll almost certainly have seen one of the company's somewhat iconic yellow alarms on the...

Why security validation is a must as IoT becomes part of APT kill chains

Advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are showing no signs of slowing down despite the global coronavirus pandemic and they appear keen on exploiting the Internet of Things (IoT) for their attacks.

Recently, the Russian group APT28 has recently been reported to have been scanning and exploiting vulnerable email servers for over a year. This group is known for hacking into IoT devices to gain a foothold into networks. IoT adoption is rising in organizations and enterprises....

Kaji malware targets IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks

Security researchers have discovered a new malware called Kaji which is targeting IoT devices using SSH brute-force attacks.

Malware is increasingly targeting IoT devices, and it's little surprise why. Statista estimates there are around 20 billion IoT devices installed today, while IDC predicts 41.6 billion devices generating 79.4 zettabytes of data by 2025.

Kaji was uncovered last week by security researcher MalwareMustDie and the experts at Intezer Labs.

The...

Bitdefender: New botnet is targeting millions of IoT devices

Security researchers from Bitdefender have uncovered a new botnet which is targeting millions of IoT devices.

The so-called dark_nexus botnet seeks to infect common IoT devices like smart cameras, routers, and more. Bitdefender gave dark_nexus its name after featuring in its user agent string when carrying out exploits over HTTP: “dark_NeXus_Qbot/4.0”.

Qbot is another IoT malware which dark_nexus takes inspiration from. Bitdefender found some code from Qbot, and the...

The medical IoT market is to reach $158bn – driving demand for data analytics solutions

A recently released report from Business Insider predicts that the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) market is expected to grow to an estimated $158 billion in the year 2022. This estimate represents a massive leap from the $41 billion valuation that was reported in 2017.

The report follows up on previous research that was published by Business Insider back in June of 2019, when analysts estimated that...

Zscaler report explores shadow IoT security threat across industries

You've heard of shadow IT - but what about shadow IoT? A new report from cloud security provider Zscaler has explored the proliferation of bringing greater numbers of unauthorised devices into the enterprise - with potentially serious consequences.

Zscaler's second annual Internet of Things (IoT) report, titled “IoT Devices in the Enterprise 2020: Shadow IoT Threat Emerges”, has found more than one billion IoT transactions every month in its cloud - a 1500%...

Seven in 10 companies know of hacks against their IoT devices, research finds

The IoT is barreling towards the enterprise – but companies remain highly vulnerable to IoT-based attacks, according to a new report.

The study from Extreme Networks, which polled 540 IT professionals across industries in the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific regions, found that 70% of companies who said they employed IoT devices were fully aware of successful or attempted hacks. 84% of those...

Securing IoT applications for the next era of industry: An important challenge – and opportunity

The Internet of Things (IoT) has today become one of the most popular – and probably the most touted – trends across both business and technology. It is set to transform the business landscape as we know it, as we expect there to be some 50 billion internet-connected things by 2030.

These will comprise dedicated-function objects such as refrigerators, connected cars and homes, and many more....