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If you thought getting your smart, internet-connected TV hacked was bad, wait until a production line of big robots gets hacked.
Cybercriminals hack and infect the devices of others for a wide variety of reasons—for attention, for amusement, for monetary gain, etc. But what if a hacker not only hacked and infected your devices, but completely destroyed them—and then claimed it was for your own good?
Many people — namely individuals in media — are reporting that they've received emails that appear to be sent from someone they know, addressed to "firstname.lastname@example.org" with a link to a Google Doc and the recipients blocked, according to Motherboard. If you received a similar suspicious email, someone you know has been been phished, my friend!
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Researchers know what the botnet is capable of — but they don't seem to know what it'll actually do.
Two new versions of a nasty botnet called BrickerBot were spotted in the wild by researcher Pascal Geenens, who reported the latest attack for security firm Radware. Permanent denial-of-service botnets like these can infect poorly-protected IoT devices like smart toasters and web-enabled vibrators to bring down various connected web servers.
IoT security (or the lack thereof) seems to pop up in the news a lot these days. Our Embedded Revolution reader survey and whitepaper highlights what developers think about this topic.