VIENNA: The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to new forms of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, according to the CEO of security firm F5 Networks.
John McAdam told V3 at the F5 Agility 2016 event in Vienna that there will be about 37 billion endpoints making up the IoT by 2020, which will create a huge security surface that needs to be defended.
He cited the example of a major cable operator that was hit by a DDoS attack because of the IoT.
"The way [the criminals] did the DDoS attack was by pinging cameras and any other internet-connected devices in homes. The camera will automatically say ‘no' so they couldn't get through, but they used the combination of ‘nos' to build up traffic and conduct a DDoS attack," said McAdam.
"If you can correlate all of that data on a global basis, suddenly you're bringing down sites. But there are scarier examples, such as downloading an app which is not what you think it is."
McAdam warned that DDoS is the most challenging attack for enterprises to combat, and that the education sector is especially prone.
This echoes comments made in January 2014 by Jag Bains, CTO at DDoS protection services firm DOSarrest, who said that the education sector was the fastest growing segment taking up DDoS prevention services.
Understandably, Bains explained that this is a good opportunity for F5 to manage organisations' app security.
McAdam cited a "multi-million dollar transaction with a car company" for F5 to manage the internet traffic coming from vehicles as an example of this opportunity.
Warnings about the IoT are coming thick and fast. Harsh Sinha, vice president of engineering at TransferWise, claimed that IoT devices will be an increasingly attractive target for hackers owing to the amount of personal data they will store.
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