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nProtect Warns of New Hacking Threats to Internet of Things
San Jose, California—nProtect, Inc., a global leader in Internet security announces growing cyber security challenges with Internet of Things.
According to Gartner, IoT will increase over 26 billion units installed by 2020.
As the industry of IoT grows, security issues will become a major concern. Until now, hackers attacked PCs and Smartphones to steal information or spread malware to other devices. However, as more Smart devices such as home appliances, automobiles and even clothing become commonplace, hackers are targeting these vulnerable devices. For example, in January 2014, it was reported that hackers sent more than 750,000 spam and phishing e-mails using “Thingbots”
According to the nProtect Research Lab, the best way to prevent such IoT attacks is to prepare security solutions by manufacturers and network management providers at the product development stage. This is true especially for automobiles which require the highest level of safety. Imagine hackers controlling your car using malware. Therefore, security issues are not only for PCs and Smartphones anymore but, also needs to be applied to Smart physical objects and devices with internet connection.