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How Is the Internet of Things (IoT) Being Impacted by Malware?

If you have any Internet of Things (IoT) compatible devices, then you are susceptible to malware attacks. Learn more about how malware is impacting IoT and what you can do to protect yourself from attacks here.

New developments in IoT technology have made devices such as Google Home become more popular.

Unfortunately, this rise in popularity has also made it a prime target for hackers.

Most attacks on the internet of things (IoT) technology are malware. But what malware is impacting IoT devices? Is there a way you can protect yourself from these attacks?

If you’re here, it means that you want to learn what types of malware can impact your IoT devices–and how to protect yourself.

Don’t know where to start? We’ve you covered. Read on to learn more.

Internet of Things Devices Attacks

Before we go into the types of attacks your IoT device, we have to discuss a bit about malware attacks.

What is malware? How do hackers use it?

Malware is a malicious software designed to gain access and damage your computer or device. Experts have discovered that IoT technology is vulnerable to malware attacks. These devices are always connected to the internet and lack security.

This makes them easy for hackers to access. These malware attacks are becoming the go-to attack for hackers. Some of them have even used IoT malware attacks to get funds illegally.

To put in place the best IoT security, you need to know what malware attacks your devices can suffer. Here are some of the attacks that can infect your IoT device.

Botnet

This type of attack isn’t a malware, but it’s put in play through infecting devices.

A botnet is a robot network. The hackers create this network by using malware to hijack a network of devices. The hackers can control these devices from a single point.

They can then use them to conduct campaigns, such as Mirai.

Mirai Malware

Mirai attack is a virus that propagates itself. This malware infects unsecured devices such as IoT by using their factory default login information.

Hackers use it to infect thousands of devices. Once they have access to these devices, they use them to launch a DDoS attack on a victim.

Even though the authorities caught the hackers from the first attack, the code used for that attack was released. So other hackers still use it today to launch attacks.

Prowli Malware

Experts call this malware Operation Prowli. Hackers spread malware and malicious code to compromise servers and websites around the world. They were able to do this by using password brute-forcing, exploits, and overriding weak configurations.

This malware has hit thousands of websites and businesses by using a worm that injects a cryptocurrency miner. These allow them to use the device and website power to mine cryptocurrency or run a script to redirect the traffic to a malicious website.

Experts think that they’re using this malware more to make money than for ideals or espionage. Besides the cryptocurrency miner, the hackers of this campaign are also redirecting users to fake websites. Here they trick the visitor into installing malicious extensions on their browsers.

How to Protect Your IoT Devices

Protecting your IoT devices isn’t that complicated. Securing your IoT technology will depend on your devices and network.

Yet, if you stick to the basics you’ll put in place the right plan in no time. Here are some ways you can secure your devices and protect your information.

Research

It all comes down to the device you buy. If you buy the right one, IoT security won’t give you a headache. To do this you must do your research.

Not all devices work the same, so you should research the security of these devices. Some manufacturers of IoT devices don’t focus on cybersecurity. When you research, look for a device that lets you change its password.

You might think this is a given, but many devices come with a default password that you can’t change. Also, look for a device that receives timely security updates from the manufacturer. This way you can be confident that you’re protecting your IoT device at all times.

Secure Your Device After You Buy It

Many people don’t think about this when they buy their own device. Yet, this should be a top priority when your bring your IoT device home. If your device isn’t secured it, they can hack it within minutes of you installing it.

You might be excited when you bring your new IoT technology home. But, before installing it you should log on your manufacturer’s website and check for any security patches available. You should download and install them on your device before installing your IoT technology on your network.

Protect Your Routers and Network

To secure your own IoT devices, securing your network is a must. You can do this by using the firewall of your wireless router.

Also, you should set secure passwords on your router. This way you make sure your network isn’t hacked.

Experts also recommend you disable Universal Plug and Play on your router to enhance your network security. We recommend you get technical assistance if you aren’t sure you can do this yourself.

Use Antivirus Protection and Detection Products or Software for Your IoT

Yes, you read that right. You can install antivirus protection products on your IoT.

These products provide protection and detection of abnormal behavior. If you install one on your network or device, you can track it 24/7 to make sure it hasn’t been hacked.

The great thing about them is that they monitor all devices in your network. The most popular versions of these products are hardware that you install on your network.

They’re also available in software-only versions. Make sure to do your research and choose the right one for your network.

Can You Have the Right IoT Security?

Yes, you can have the right IoT security.

Internet of things technology isn’t that difficult to protect if you have the right plan in place. Remember that you should focus on the basics.

Before buying the IoT device, do your own research. You’ve to make sure it meets your needs but, it has to be secure as well. It should provide options for security patches, updates, and change of passwords.

Don’t forget to check your network protection. Also, consider getting antivirus software or hardware for your network. We’re confident that if you do your research and follow our IoT protection suggestions, your IoT devices won’t become a nightmare.

Want to learn more about IoT devices and their vulnerabilities? Check out our recent blog post to learn more.

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