Hackers are using Internet-connected appliances to mine Bitcoins

By Shawn Knight
May 6, 2014
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  1. Researchers at Sans Institute recently documented the case of a digital video recorder (DVR) that had become infected with malware designed to mine Bitcoin. The team was impressed with the attack primarily because the DVR in question didn't have an...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Eh this really doesnt surprise me.
  3. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Here's another example of how vulnerable the "Internet of things" really is. Functionality is great, as long as robust security comes along with it. Make sure that everything you give a public face to the Internet to is secure.

    My dad asked me a couple days ago what it would take to set up a security system, HVAC system, and CCTV camera system which could all be remotely administered via the Internet. I gave him a long lecture about how hackers could compromise the infrastructure through vulnerable remote management interfaces and do whatever they want to you afterwards. Here's proof of this occurring.
  4. It seems every new device/software/technology deals with security last. If you are going to connect to the internet, security should be first.
  5. RenGood08

    RenGood08 TS Booster Posts: 185   +13

    I agree with both you Nima and the Guest guy. I lecture my parents and teach my parents security all the time. They aren't very tech savy, so I teach them all about technology. The perks, downsides and anything else in between. If security isn't your first thought when the internet is into play, then you are approaching it wrong and need to rethink your strategy. The first thing attackers go after is stuff not properly protected on the internet. (Like leaving default passwords on things, not having hard enough passwords, or not having a password to authenticate at all.)
  6. Misagt

    Misagt TS Booster Posts: 94   +40

    I love my computer and spend a large amount of time online. With that said, I do try and keep as much of my house offline as possible as I prefer that only I have access to things in my home.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    This reminds me of my friends step dad in high school, he was retired 30 years in the air force. He yelled at us for connecting the computer to the phone lines to play games modem to modem. He was like dont you know how easy it is for hacker to access my computer!

    We thought he was crazy, he drank natural ice after all. But seeing stories like this makes me reconsider his theories on UFO space travel lol.

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