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Looking for sophisticated malware in IoT devices

23
Sep
2020
Looking for sophisticated malware in IoT devices

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Research background

Smart watches, smart home devices and even smart cars – as more and more connected devices join the IoT ecosystem, the importance of ensuring their security becomes patently obvious.

It’s widely known that the smart devices which are now inseparable parts of our lives are not very secure against cyberattacks. Malware targeting IoT devices has been around for more than a decade. Hydra, the first known router malware that operated automatically, appeared in 2008 in the form of an open-source tool. Hydra was an open-source prototype of router malware. Soon after Hydra, in-the-wild malware was also found targeting network devices. Since then, different botnet families have emerged and become widespread, including families such as Mirai, Hajime and Gafgyt.

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