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Worm may create an Internet of Harmful Things, says Symantec (Take note, Amazon)

Patrick Thibodeau | Dec. 4, 2013
Security firm Symantec says it has found a Linux worm aimed at Internet of Things devices

"There is a race to the bottom by these vendors, because they are all competing on very cheap stuff," he said. "There is a big problem waiting to happen here."

Dwayne Melancon, Tripwire's chief technology officer, also discounted the worm, but agreed that it does help raise legitimate questions about IoT security.

Many IoT devices are on home networks behind firewalls on wireless routers, so they will be protected from many opportunistic attacks, said Melancon. But "the average Internet user will not be able to tell the difference between secure and insecure devices on their home network. And the fact that many of these devices don't have security of their own will mean that the attack surface of the Internet of Things is going to expand dramatically."

Hitchcock was a master at creating the dramatic. Why just imagine what Mrs. Bundy, the elderly ornithologist in Hitchcock's 1963 movie The Birds, might say if her observations about attacking birds was updated to account for flying delivery drones.

"I have never known birds of different species to flock together. The very concept is unimaginable. Why, if that happened, we wouldn't stand a chance! How could we possibly hope to fight them?" said Mrs. Bundy.


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