Evidence of Cyber Attack Against Refrigerators and Other Household Appliances

Maybe the salesperson will not laugh this time when I ask once again for antivirus protection for my fridge….


It was only a matter of time: Security experts have been warning us about the rapid growth of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) for the last two years, pointing out that there’s no security systems in place to protect ordinary people from getting their home devices hacked and used as bot-nets. For the first time in history we now have proof of serious cyber attacks against home devices with an online connection – including TVs and refrigerators.

“The global attack campaign involved more than 750.000 malicious email communications coming from more than 100.000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator.”


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“The attack that Proofpoint observed and profiled occurred between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014, and featured waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts of 100,000, three times per day, targeting Enterprises and individuals worldwide. More than 25 percent of the volume was…

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