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Hackers used over 100,000 devices to send the spam emails

Hackers have launched what is being called the first attack from the Internet of Things, which included a refrigerator. 

According to BBC News, security researchers at Proofpoint discovered that hackers used over 100,000 devices to send spam emails, exposing security flaws in gadgets considered to be part of the Internet of Things.

Before I continue using that term, the Internet of Things is a fairly new tech term that refers to every device in a home having a computer chip. This includes devices like refrigerators, door locks, thermostats, etc. 

The hackers broke into gadgets such as home-networking routers, computers, televisions, connected multi-media centers and one refrigerator.


[SOURCE: The Verge]

Through the use of these devices, the hackers successfully sent 750,000 spam emails to individuals and companies around the globe. The hack occurred between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014. 

It was reported that about 75 percent of the emails were sent using traditional computers, while about 25 percent were sent from home appliances. 

Proofpoint noted that the job wasn't too difficult for hackers, as many were easily broken into due to the owners not setting the devices up correctly, or using default passwords that came with the devices. 

"Many of these devices are poorly protected at best and consumers have virtually no way to detect or fix infections when they do occur," said David Knight, general manager of Proofpoint's information security division. 

Source: BBC News





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