Mindless henchmen under the spell of a master puppeteer, awakened to wreak havoc on civilization.
Are these scary thoughts the result of the new season of The Walking Dead? Maybe I’m having nightmares about Halloween ghouls, inching ever closer in the dark? Nope. What’s got me pondering the undead is a cascade of crazy happenings involving the Internet of Things (IoT).
It started with this photo of a risqué website on a fridge in a big box store, tweeted by John McAfee. Granted, John is out there, but he makes a good point: Internet-connected devices are already being used for nefarious purposes.
No sooner did John’s tweet hit my mobile than I became aware of the distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on Brian Kreb’s site. Roughly 1.5 million security cameras (anyone see the irony here?) mostly manufactured in China, were aimed at krebsonsecurity.com, bringing the site to its knees.
The worst part is that, while the manufacturer is working hard on a fix, they have no way to remotely secure the cameras. Individual owners will have to download a patch and update the cameras themselves.