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IDG Contributor Network: DDoS attacks using IoT devices follow The Manchurian Candidate model

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Oct 7, 2016.

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    In the movie The Manchurian Candidate, two soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed into sleeper agents. Later the soldiers become unwitting assassins when activated by a handler.

    Sound familiar? It should.

    Hackers use a similar model for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks using IoT devices. This process has four phases.

    1. Capture: Identify and take over control of IoT devices
    2. Subvert: Reprogram the device to conduct malicious acts
    3. Activate: Instruct the hacked device to launch attack
    4. Attack: Launch the DDoS attack

    Why are such attacks increasing? How can IoT device security be hardened? What DDoS protections are available? What advisory resources are available? Let’s take a look.

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