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State-sponsored cyber spies targeting IoT - a warning from Microsoft

August 12, 2019 / Jerry Bowles

Cyber spies are breaking into large enterprises through IoT devices that IT departments may not know exist on the network.Keeping track of the deluge of IoT devices being connected to enterprise networks and making sure they are updated and protected is not the most exciting job in IT. But, it is fast becoming one of the most important because, as Microsoft notes, the number of deployed IoT devices already outnumbers the population of personal computers and mobile phones, combined, and is growing exponentially daily. State-sponsored actors have taken notice of such IoT vulnerabilities as default passwords, outdated protocols, the absence of encryption, incorrect configurations and unpatched devices to get in the backdoor of enterprise networks.