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Internet of Threats: IoT Botnets Drive Surge in Network Attacks

April 22, 2021

As Internet of things (IoT) devices in homes, industrial environments, transportation networks and elsewhere continue to proliferate, so does the attack surface for malicious IoT network attackers. IoT attack activity in 2020 dramatically surpassed the combined volume of IoT activity observed by IBM Security X-Force in 2019.

Turning our attention to the factors behind this rise, this post examines data we collected, tracking activity by the number one IoT botnet nowadays, the Mozi botnet, and other IoT malware. We also provide steps that network defenders can follow to help defend against these threats, many of which leverage command injection (CMDi) attacks.

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