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....

Amazon’s Ring causes further concerns over third-party data-sharing

Amazon’s smart doorbell company Ring has found itself at the centre of yet another user privacy scandal.

A report published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that Ring's Android app is sending an excessive amount of personally identifiable data to third parties. 

EFF's report suggests that the app sends personal data to four trackers including Facebook's Graph API, analytics firms Mixpanel and AppsFlyer, and "deep linking"...

Enterprise IoT and protecting against Bluetooth endpoint vulnerabilities: A guide

It is well established that IoT devices greatly increase the security challenges of defending corporate networks, and a recent PwC survey reported that 71% of manufacturers plan to deploy IoT devices, despite the associated risks. It seems like the IoT train has left the station and is rushing full steam ahead towards the horizon.

In order to continue to travel safely, enterprises must...

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.

“In response to multiple reports of hacks and unauthorized access of smart cameras and doorbells, Consumer Reports writes to urge your company to raise the standard of security for your connected camera, doorbell, or security system,” wrote the company.

“We request clarification on the steps you are taking to prevent hacks and unauthorized access to...