Any device that can connect to the Internet and/or another device is part of the Internet of Things. The obvious ones are computers, cell phones and tablets. You might also think of wearable technology, headphones, TVs and printers. Other IoT devices include smart-home devices, thermostats, coffee makers, washing machines and refrigerators. Even more connected devices include cars, heart monitors, farm animals or pets that have biochips, city transportation systems and power supply systems.
As the availability of Wi-Fi expands and the cost of devices goes down, more and more gadgets are connecting to the Internet of Things.
After the sudden appearance of large scale ransomware attacks spurred by its current new form CryptoLocker, DDoS has now followed suit. While Distributed Denial of Service is one of the oldest tool of choice by cybercriminals, it has now become more convenient to use thanks to the Internet of Things. Infected IoT devices become a part of the botnet army, directing malicious traffic to one target and causing massive outage. Last month Dyn was hit 4 times by a DDoS attack, taking down the internet across the east coast in the US. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to take a look at your cyber incident response program and disaster recovery plan to check if you are prepared.
To spare yourself from a technical mind numbing article, use this simple guide on what DDoS attacks to watch out for and how to create a mitigation strategy against it.