Is the IoT Being Used to Help Launch DDOS Attacks?

Don’t join the IoT botnet army

When the Internet of Things (IoT) is weaponized to launch DDoS attacks, it’s called the DDoS of Things. The problem is that many consumer IoT devices can easily be hijacked and made part of such IoT botnets, which are then used to power bigger, smarter, and more devastating multi-vector DDoS attacks than ever before. We can clearly see that DDoS attacks have become more common, rising in direct proportion to the increase in the number of IoT devices.

One might ask how many IoT devices are connected to the internet. In 2017, Gartner forecast there would be 8.4 billion Internet of Things devices by 2020. At the time that seemed like a large number but just two years later in 2019, there were already 26 billion IoT devices. This has turned out to be a huge problem because IoT devices are inherently vulnerable so creating a botnet has become ridiculously easy.

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