The IoT’s Scramble to Combat Botnets

The IoT’s Scramble to Combat Botnets

By Jonathan Terrasi

May 11, 2017 9:54 AM PT

With shadowy botnet armies lurking around the globe and vigilante gray-hat actors inoculating susceptible devices, the appetite for Internet of Things security is stronger than ever.

“If you throw IoT on a con talk, you’ve got a pretty good chance to get in,” remarked information security professional
Jason Kent, as he began his presentation at Chicago’s
Thotcon hacking and security conference last week.

While the vulnerabilities he described may not have been the ones researchers find the most thrilling, they served to illustrate just how much work remains to be done to shore up simple, but devastating, security holes.

With the likes of the Mirai and Hajime botnets preying on swaths of IoT devices that have weak root account passwords and open telnet ports, security professionals are understandably keen on nudging the industry away from these pitfalls.

However, there are serious shortcomings in SSL implementation and information security practices found in many IoT companion mobile apps, Kent pointed out in his talk, “IoT Web of Intrigue.”

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