Modern Day Trojan Horses

After the DDoS attacks on Dyn today and the subsequent reports that two different exploits of unsecured/unpatched IoT devices are being used to conduct it, I have to wonder if the state of security on the primarily Chinese-manufactured IoT devices that have been shipped and placed into use worldwide was, in fact, simply careless as has often been asserted or if such devices were a modern day Trojan Horse.

With the worldwide penchant for cheap devices and the willingness to ignore basic network security concerns to purchase power-metering plugs, light dimming solutions, wireless speakers and more – in the name of convenience – provided a brilliant opportunity to quickly and quietly seed an army of controllable devices across multiple locations, networks and provider connections.

Now those vulnerable devices are being used as they were originally designed and intended.

Caveat emptor, I suppose…

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