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Can TVs and refrigerators really spew botnet spam?

Ellen Messmer | Jan. 28, 2014
Proofpoint says its very possible but Symantec says not so much.

Symantec notes that it has discovered worms that infect Linux-based IoT devices such as routers, cameras and entertainment systems. One of them, called Linux.Darlioz, is "interesting because it's involved in a worm war with another threat known as Linux.Aidra. Darlioz checks if a device is infected with Aidra and if found, removes it from the device."

Symantec adds, "This is the first time we've seen worm writers fight an IoT turf war and is reminiscent of the 2004 worm wars. Considering these devices have limited processing and memory, we'd expect to see similar turf battles in the future. While malware for IoT things is still in its infancy, IoT devices are subject to a wide range of security concerns. So don't be surprised if in the near future, your refrigerator actually does start sending spam."

 

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