Kaspersky: Attacks on IoT devices double in a year

Research from the cybersecurity gurus at Kaspersky has found that attacks targeting IoT devices have doubled over the past year.

The rapid proliferation of IoT devices, combined with often poor security, makes them an increasingly attractive target for hackers. Analysts at McKinsey estimate that 127 new devices are connected every second.

Dan Demeter, Security Expert at Kaspersky, said:

“Since IoT devices, from smartwatches to smart home accessories, have...

Prof. Dror Fixler, CEO, FirstPoint MG: Cellular cybersecurity in a post-pandemic world

Prof. Dror Fixler

IoT News got in touch with FirstPoint Mobile Guard CEO Professor Dror Fixler and CMO Noa Ouziel to learn more about the cellular cybersecurity provider’s industry insights.

The company offers a holistic cellular security solution for mobile and IoT devices that provides transparent protection from espionage, surveillance, and data hacking.

“FirstPoint combines the IoT security with cellular connectivity, meaning networks are easily manageable whilst maintaining...

Research finds that 24% of Brits aren’t securing their IoT devices

Research has found that a concerningly large number of Brits aren’t taking any actions to secure their IoT devices.

According to research from NordVPN, Brits are taking the least action to secure their devices of the seven countries surveyed.

Approximately 95 percent of Brits now have at least one IoT device in their household, more than any other of the surveyed countries. It’s a statistic that shows the potential scale of the problem, yet 24 percent aren’t taking...

IoT rating system and expiry dates proposed by Australian government

Canberra, Australia

Increased regulation of IoT devices is amidst the suggestions of a new discussion paper from the Australian government.

The paper, which discusses methods to strengthen cybersecurity regulations, explores a variety of potential venues to either encourage or enforce businesses to invest more into preventing such threats.

"We believe that one reason that many smart devices are vulnerable is because competition in the market is primarily based on new features and cost," the...

UK plans laws to protect IoT devices following pandemic sales surge

The UK government plans to introduce laws designed to help protect IoT devices following a pandemic-induced surge in sales.

With more people spending time at home for both work and play, many have invested in smart devices to become more productive and make their lives easier. In fact, figures (PDF) commissioned by the government suggest that almost half (49%) of UK residents have purchased an IoT device since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of...

FIDO’s new open IoT standard for device onboarding helps tackle security issues

A new open IoT standard called FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) aims to address the security issues with adding devices to both cloud and on-premise management platforms.

FDO was announced by the FIDO Alliance today to address “challenges of security, cost, and complexity tied to IoT device deployment at scale”.

Touted benefits of the FIDO Device Onboard standard include:

Simplicity – Businesses no longer have to pay more for the lengthy and highly technical...

Researchers discover another Mirai variant targeting new IoT vulnerabilities

Security researchers from Palo Alto Networks have discovered another Mirai variant that is targeting new IoT vulnerabilities.

Researchers from Unit 42, the cybersecurity division of Palo Alto Networks, discovered a number of attacks on Feb 16th, 2021 that leveraged vulnerabilities including:

VisualDoor (a SonicWall SSL-VPN exploit).CVE-2020-25506 (a D-Link DNS-320 firewall exploit).CVE-2020-26919 (a Netgear ProSAFE Plus exploit).Possibly CVE-2019-19356 (a Netis WF2419...

Opinion: Key trends that will drive IoT technology development

At last month’s Sigfox Connect, Benjamin Mazet, Product Management Director at Sigfox presented on “Key trends that will drive IoT technology development.”

He believes that the key challenge for the next 18-24 months is to improve IoT technology in order to fully benefit from the digital transformation provided by this new industrial revolution.

The IoT is considered part of the fourth, or new, industrial revolution by connecting the physical and the digital...

Amnesia:33 vulnerabilities put millions of IoT devices at risk

A new series of vulnerabilities dubbed Amnesia:33 puts millions of IoT devices at risk of being compromised.

Security researchers from Forescout disclosed the 33 vulnerabilities today. The flaws are found in four open-source TCP/IP libraries used in the firmware of products from over 150 vendors.

According to the researchers’ estimates, millions of consumer and enterprise IoT devices are at risk from Amnesia:33 vulnerabilities.

The affected libraries are uIP,...

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...