Hospitals must take great care to secure Internet of Things networks, according to an article on the Energy Manager Today website.
During the past couple of months, malware has launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against the Internet. The first step in creating such attacks is compromising the connected computer equipment that is in use.
Once this is done, thousands or even millions of infected devices are formed into “botnets.” The botnets are ordered to send requests to the servers. Unless very sophisticated and robust security is in place, the targeted servers soon buckle and become unresponsive.
In one case, the botnets were comprised of connected consumer IoT devices such as surveillance cameras and home automation systems.
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