IoT Devices Used To Spread Malware and Botnets?

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Cybercriminal networks are taking advantage of security shortcomings in Internet of Things (IoT) devices to spread malware and generate zombie networks, or botnets, without the knowledge of their device owners, cyber security firm Symantec has found.

Symantec’s Security Response team discovered that cybercriminals are hijacking home networks and everyday consumer connected devices to help carry out Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on more profitable targets, usually large companies.

A DDoS attack is an attempt to make an online service inaccessible by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.

More than half of all IoT attacks originate from China and the US, based on the location of IP addresses to launch malware attacks.