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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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The internet of things
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/17/2014 7:40:20 PM , Rating: 4
another meaningless techy-term from clueless marketing types.

RE: The internet of things
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/17/2014 7:41:16 PM , Rating: 3
How is it they didn't manage to add 'digital' in there?

RE: The internet of things
By M'n'M on 1/17/2014 8:58:25 PM , Rating: 2
Howdy-doodly-do, would anyone like some toast ? No, how 'bout a muffin ? A waffle ? Then why not refinance your home at an amazingly low low rate. Call now and talk to one of friendly representatives ...

RE: The internet of things
By ppardee on 1/21/2014 5:22:04 PM , Rating: 2
We don't like muffins around here! We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smeggin' flapjacks!

RE: The internet of things
By brshoemak on 1/17/2014 9:11:33 PM , Rating: 4
I can't wait until all my devices are connected to my 'home cloud'

When my wifi-enabled toilet paper holder detects a problem, it will send an 'Out of Paper' error message into my 'home cloud' which will automatically check for the presence of RFID tags from a package of toilet paper in my closet and then add TP to a shopping list if none is detected.

If it does detect the presence of toilet paper it will alert my wife by taking over the intercom system and asking her to "throw down a roll" The future is here people - it's called the 'home cloud' and it starts in the bathroom.

RE: The internet of things
By amanojaku on 1/17/2014 10:51:37 PM , Rating: 5
"Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?"

"Affirmative, Dave. I read you."

"Open the bathroom door, HAL."

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

"What's the problem?"

"I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do."

"What are you talking about, HAL?"

"This bathroom is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it."

"I don't know what you're talking about, HAL."

"I know that you weren't planning to disinfect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen."

[feigning ignorance] "Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?"

"Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the bathroom against my hearing you, I could see your hips move."

"Alright, HAL. I'll go out through the window."

"Without your clothes, Dave? You're going to find that rather difficult."

"HAL, I won't argue with you anymore! Open the door!"

"Dave, this conversation was just uploaded to YouTube. Goodbye."

RE: The internet of things
By lexluthermiester on 1/19/2014 8:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
It seems the extra time you have on your hands has been fruitful. Well done! VERY funny!!

RE: The internet of things
By TheEinstein on 1/20/2014 5:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
"Honey what is a code 'qr7' on the toilet paper dispenser?"

"Oh that is a signal that we are at a quantity of rolls equal seven honey"

"Why would we have to worry about that?"

"I do not know why the manufacturer thinks we need to see that but there it is"

"It does not make sense though"

"Sweet heart we are in the modern age, we have to see a lot of these uncommon things"

"Ok but if the toilet says h-ot-mamm-a again I am going to scream"

RE: The internet of things
By HoosierEngineer5 on 1/18/2014 10:49:56 AM , Rating: 2
I like that better... the toilet paper of things. Much more descriptive.

RE: The internet of things
By Argon18 on 1/19/2014 12:00:34 PM , Rating: 3
TP load letter? WTF does that mean?

RE: The internet of things
By Flunk on 1/20/2014 11:32:17 AM , Rating: 2
I think if you have to use letter-sized toilet paper you've got a bigger problem than being out of it.

So what...
By Spookster on 1/20/2014 1:15:42 AM , Rating: 3
My refrigerator has been giving me spam for years. I like spam.

By BZDTemp on 1/18/2014 12:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Not that a lot of spam was send or that people are not taking care or security, but cool that so much is connected and the devices can be used for more than just what they were build for.

As for "The internet of things" it seems sort of silly to us that know computers, but there is nothing wrong with a term that raises awareness about where tech is going among those that do not.

I for one have a small music server which is now also monitoring room temperature, humidity, grabbing weather data online and logging it with my own data and it is grabbing sensor data that the heating company used for my heating bill. I admit that there is no real purpose of doing all that except for fun, but once I get heat control hooked up it will make for a home that is both comfy and more energy efficient.

Smart Web Cloud 2.0
By Donkey2008 on 1/18/2014 12:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
"Hey IT guy, what's that cloud thingy in your Visio there?"

"It represents the internet"

[light bulb goes off]

"Cloud in Web 2.0....yea, that's the hot new thing. Kids will love it."

[IT guy - rolls eyes and shrugs]

Guess what?
By Perry Tanko on 1/19/2014 5:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
Unless you're doing it thru a webhost or your IP provides you an open port, nobody should be able to send out SPAM. The Internet needs an upgrade to block out all Pop & Smtp traffic that is not being run thru a legit business. The spammers would be forced out of business if their Pop & Smtp traffic was totally blocked.

The point of spam...
By EricMartello on 1/20/2014 2:01:20 PM , Rating: 2 that you don't need to keep it in the fridge unless you open the can. What's the world coming to?!

Where is my wearable strategy?
By Tony Swash on 1/19/2014 2:10:15 PM , Rating: 1
Every Wearable/Internet of Things strategy ever - all on one web site

Keep hitting refresh.

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