Internet of Things (IoT) devices are now embedded in every part of our lives as more devices become connected to the Internet each day.

Cyberattacks on IoT devices continue to rise at an alarming pace due to inadequate security protections, and cybercriminals are finding new techniques to target these devices.

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Common IoT attacks

  1. DDoS attacks: Cybercriminals design malware that can take control of IoT devices to create a botnet and launch DDoS attacks.
  2. Privilege escalation: Cybercriminals exploit IoT device bugs and design flaws to gain elevated access to resources that are normally protected from an application or user.
  3. Eavesdropping: An attacker can intercept network traffic if a weakened connection between an IoT device and server is found.
  4. Brute-force attacks: Most IoT devices have weak passwords, hence brute-force attacks can be effectively used to gain access to these devices.

We recommend the following to stay safe

  1. Each device connected to the network should be configured with security in mind.
  2. Change defaults and use strong passwords.
  3. Ensure that all IoT devices’ software is up to date.
  4. Always connect IoT devices using secure Wi-Fi.