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Have you ever imagined facing a cyber attack by your refrigerator? Sounds bit crazy, but in the era of smart fridges everything is possible.
A new study by enterprise security company Proofpoint shows that over 100,000 internet-connected devices took place in a malicious cyberattack recently that resulted in 750,000 spam emails to be sent out. Moreover, computers, media players, smart TVs, and at least one internet-connected refrigerator were made into zombies to do the hackers’ bidding.
Obviously, a flood of spam is an unwelcome addition to the world, but security experts are more concerned about what this means for the future of the Internet of things. So if fridges are already causing problems, imagine what it’ll be like when everybody has WiFi-enabled lightbulbs and internet-connected watches.
Fortunately the solution-or at least, the counterpunch-is fairly straightforward; we just need to come up with a better security infrastructure than what we’ve got now. After all, this whole internet of things business still seems like science fiction to a lot of people.