Spam-Kühlschrank in a Botnet-of-Things

Von gehackten Items aus dem Internet of Things werden wir in Zukunft noch sehr viel hören: Zwischen den Jahren hat ein Spambot Netzwerk über 100.000 Dingse von Mediaplayern bis SmartTVs inklusive einem Kühlschrank übernommen und mit dem Kram Spam verschickt.

Between December 23 and January 6, more than 100,000 internet-connected smart “things,” including media players, smart televisions and at least one refrigerator, were part of a network of computers used to send 750,000 spam emails. So says a study just released by enterprise security company Proofpoint. This is the first time anyone in the security industry has proved that devices that are part of the internet of things are being used just as PCs have been for decades—as part of “zombie” networks of computers used to do everything from sending spam to mining bitcoin.

Someone’s refrigerator just took part in a malicious cyberattack