IoT DDos Attacks Show the Stakes have Changed

Poor planning, not an IoT botnet, disrupted the internet

Published August 2017

Internet-of-Thing (IoT) botnets are not a new phenomenon. Arbor Networks routinely sees IoT botnets comprised of webcams, DVRs, and set-top boxes used to launch DDoS attacks.

In fact, during a recent international event, Arbor Networks, along with their customers, helped mitigate a sustained, sophisticated 540Gbps attack launched by an IoT botnet. This attack started a month before the event and escalated once it began. And nobody noticed.

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