Between last December 23rd and January 6th an internet-connected fridge helped to send more than 750000 spam and phishing emails.
This attack was considered an “internet of things cyberattack” and a company says that more than 100,000 “everyday consumer gadgets” including multimedia centres, smart TVs and refrigerators that had been hacked were used to launch the attack. Only recently objects such as fridges, washing machines, and media players have internet connectivity. Which created a new opportunity for hacker attacks.
These objects were not infected in a traditional way as computer is. Most gadgets had been left open and the hackers used the software running on them to attack. Proofpoint says that “A basic port-scanning attack would enable attackers to discover essentially open devices.”.
Still unclear if these devices have the same security as a home PC, with strong anti-malware measures. The number of gadgets with internet connectivity is expected to grow in the next years and it might be a big target for cybercriminals.