“The Internet of Things (IoT) is big and growing rapidly. Gartner recently forecast that 8.4 billion connected “things” will be in use globally this year; set to increase to over 20 billion by 2020.
While likely to revolutionize how we live, work, and play, the IoT also presents a security challenge to the networks that support it.
Highlighting this threat, a US university campus with over 5,000 connected devices, including vending machines, was recently infected with malware that created a form of DDoS attack. Sending repeated and frequent DNS queries – which were predominantly related to seafood – the university’s servers were overloaded, and resulted in the IT network becoming slow and unresponsive.”