BrandPost: Reaper: The Next Evolution of IoT Botnets

November 17, 2017

By now, everyone should be aware of two things related to IoT devices. The first is that these devices are being deployed everywhere. They range from wearable devices, smart appliances, and networking devices, to small, lightweight devices (such as sensors) that have been integrated into critical infrastructure, to Medical devices that monitor patients or deliver vital medications or treatments.

The second is that many of these devices are notoriously insecure. Vulnerabilities ranging from passwords hard-coded into firmware to junk code that can be easily exploited are only half the problem. The other is that most of these devices don’t run on normal operating systems, so patching or updating their software is difficult if not impossible.

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