The massive DDOS attack that happened last week on the DYN DNS provider was known to have used a large number of webcams, that had vulnerabilities allowing them to be controlled remotely. It is comforting to see that the manufacturer of the webcams is withdrawing them from sale, however perhaps what is needed is more control over how the embedded software is created and tested for security vulnerabilities. As with domestic appliances, should there some form of compliance checks for internet devices that are installed in homes?
Chinese electronics firm Xiongmai is initiating a product recall after the enormous hacking attack that took down much of the internet on the eastcoast of the US and also affected Europe on Friday. The root of the attack, which took the form of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), was a network of hacked “Internet of Things” devices, such as webcams and digital recorders, many of which were made by Xiongmai.