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Internet of Things Cyber Attacks Grow More Diverse

April 05, 2019 / Symantec

It’s been more than two years since, in late 2016, the threat of cyber attacks that leveraged Internet of Things (IoT) devices moved from theoretical to actual. 2016, several distributed denial of service (DDoS) assaults each leveraged tens of thousands of poorly secured IoT devices to send crippling volumes of traffic to targeted web sites. Although such massive attacks have remained rare, the sheer number of IoT-based attacks ramped up rapidly in 2017 and held roughly steady in 2018, according to the most recent iteration of Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR).