E&T news story: cyber security threats for 2017 - what to worry about

A cyber security news story from E&T online

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Jan 10, 2017
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Cyber security experts fear the Mirai botnet, which took down several high-profile websites last year using hacked Internet of Things devices, has not reached its full devastating potential yet and is likely to wreak more havoc on the internet in 2017.

Cyber security researcher Ray Walsh of BestVPN.com says Mirai could possibly cause global internet outages lasting up to 24 hours unless users and the industry start paying more attention to security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which Mirai targets.

“People need urgently to update their IoT products with stronger passwords and download security patches regularly,” Walsh said. “Only once customers take strong and deliberate actions to protect themselves will these cyber attackers be stopped in their tracks.”

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Simon Hamlet

Managing Editor, The E&T Cyber Security Hub

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