[BOTNET] F5 Labs identified 13 thingbots in the first half of 2018

F5 Labs recently published a report entitled “The Hunt for IoT”.  This report highlights that connected objects have become one of the preferred targets of attackers. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks remain the most common attack technique. Within eighteen months, 13 thingbots would be likely to be integrated into connected object botnets. Six of these thingbots had been identified in 2017, and nine in 2016. “There are already more IoT devices than people on the planet, and they are multiplying at a rate well above the rate of growth of the world population. Increasingly permissive security measures could put lives at risk, for example, by hacking smart devices connected to a cellular network and providing an access point to critical infrastructures,” explains Matthieu Dierick, Tech Evangelist at F5 Networks. The worst affected countries are Spain, accounting for 80% of the monitored traffic linked to IoT attacks, Russia, the United States and Singapore. The latest F5 Labs study shows that cellular IoT gateways are as vulnerable as traditional IoT Wi-Fi and wired devices. Up to 62% of the devices tested are vulnerable to remote access attacks using manufacturers’ insufficiently secure default credentials.