COM³ Partners Help Make Internet of Things Safer

16 November 2021 - Published by P. Khodabakhsh
COM³ partners at Aalborg University presented their latest work at the ACM Internet Measurements Conference (IMC) 2021.

The 2021 Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) is a three-day event focusing on Internet measurement and analysis. COM³ partners at Aalborg University, Shreyas Srinivasa, Jens Myrup Pedersen and Emmanouil Vasilomanolakis, presented their paper, “Open for hire: attack trends and misconfiguration pitfalls of IoT devices”.

As the number of Internet of Thing (IoT) devices increases every year, so does the risk of cyberattacks. In their paper, COM³ partners at Aalborg University find out that up to 1.8 million IoT devices are misconfigured and vulnerable. These may be exploited to perform large-scale attacks.

Researchers got these results by deploying honeypots, meaning deception-based systems that act as decoy systems to trap attackers. Honeypots emulate the services offered by a real system and try to lure the attackers to believe that it's a vulnerable system. Any access to the honeypot system can be considered as an attack as there is no real reason to access them. All the access attempts are logged by the honeypots that provide information about the attacker and the exploit.

In many cases, attackers did not need to deploy sophisticated strategies, but rather exploit misconfigured devices (e.g. unauthenticated protocol settings or weak/default passwords).

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