When IoT Attacks! Cams Caused Huge Internet Outage

Webcams appear to be at least partly to blame for taking down the Internet in parts of the US on Friday.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

October 25, 2016

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When IoT Attacks! Cams Caused Huge Internet Outage

All those concerns about the security of a world of connected IoT devices just got very real indeed.

It has emerged that hackers used webcams and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices to marshal a wave of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks Friday against Dyn, a company that manages Internet domain name hosting services (DNS). This in turn took down prominent websites like Twitter and Spotify, amongst others. (See Attacks Have Major Internet Sites on the Ropes.)

In fact, one Chinese manufacturer -- Hangzhou Xiongmai -- has already issued a recall because its web cameras were involved in the attacks. The webcams used a default password, which made it easy for the hackers to take them over.

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The manufacturer, however, told the BCC that it was not the only one to blame for the outages.

Security concerns about an Internet of Things, where myriad devices are connected to the web, are becoming more prevalent. Connected cameras are emerging as a potential pain point for IoT, but they are by no means the only device vulnerable to potential hacks in the smart home or city. (See IoT Security Is Not a Technological Challenge – It's an Economic One.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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