The Internet Of Things' Dark Side: Hackers Easily Spread Distributed Denial Of Services
The Internet Of Things is still in its infancy stages, but the general population is excited at the developing technology. But while there are a number of reasons that the same will be beneficial, there is already evidence that it has some major drawbacks as well. Even now, hackers are already using the technology that is available - which is far less than the end goal - to cause discomfort and inconvenience.
What Is The Internet Of Things?
Simply put, the Internet Of Things is a project currently being worked on by various tech giants that will connect all household items via the internet. Theoretically, even the simplest item in a home will be able to provide data and respond the owner's wishes.
Upon mastery of the developing technology, it will apparently help in various sectors of life. From media to environmental monitoring and transportation to manufacturing, there seems to be, at this point, no end to the possible applications.
As reported by USA Today, consumers are likely to experience a slow in internet speeds. This is because hackers have learned how to take advantage of a software, which allows them to use internet-connected devices to attack various websites.
Mirai, a tool that creates botnets, has been released into the hacker world. In essence, the tool can take over online devices and use them to launch distributed denial of service, or DDoS attacks. What makes it more fearful, is that Mirai is simple enough for even the most amateur hackers to use. Furthermore, it spreads via the internet, so hackers do not need to keep attacking various products.
What Is The Big Deal With DDoS?
Simply put, DDoS uses so much of a machine's bandwidth, that the Internet runs slowly or even in extreme cases, fails completely. Moreso, consumers will not be able to quickly pinpoint that it is happening.
As Fortune reports, Mirai, to the hacking world, is seen as a sort of gift. ""The code is a gift to cyber criminals looking to enter the popular market of DDoS as a Service," Thomas Pore told the publication. Pore is the director if IT and Services at Plixer, a network monitoring firm.
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