Linux Is Part of the IoT Security Problem, Dev Tells Linux Conference


The Mirai botnet? Just the “tip of the iceberg” is how security bods at this week’s see the Internet of Things.

Presenting to the Security and Privacy miniconf at, embedded systems developer and consultant Christopher Biggs pointed out that Mirai’s focus on building a big DDoS cannon drew attention away from the other risks posed by insecure cameras and digital video recorders.

IoT offers a full suite of risks, he said: a perpetrator could just as easily use badly-secured cameras or recorders to stalk a victim, or download videos for blackmail. There’s a huge potential for mass data collection by someone driving around “sniffing for vulnerable devices”, and there’s plenty of scope for unauthorised control.

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