Cyberattacks on IoT devices double in six months

There has been a drastic increase in the cyberattacks against Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the first six months of 2021. Kaspersky analysis detected 1.5+ million IoT attacks and during the first six months, it was 639 million.

“Since IoT devices, from smartwatches to smart home accessories, have become an essential part of our everyday lives, cybercriminals have skillfully switched their attention to this area,” said Dan Demeter, a security expert at Kaspersky.

Cybercriminals are targeting corporate resources with in-home smart devices, home networks, etc. In the last year, the companies were not prepared for the attacks that are increasing on personal devices and affecting corporate networks.

The IoT attacks are affecting corporate data and stealing personal information including mine cryptocurrencies. The enterprise credentials are stolen under the pretext of the IoT attacks affecting the device remotely and accessing protocols.

BrakTooth, the collection of vulnerabilities, was disclosed recently. These vulnerabilities affect the stack of BlueTooth that are in the SoC(system-on-a-chip) circuits that allow code execution on smart devices resulting in data theft and botnets.

“Enterprise IoT devices today are commonly connected to both voice and video devices like phones, surveillance cameras, connected doorbells and other security systems,” explained the researchers.