Huge spike in ‘Internet-of-things’ hacking attempts on Finland during summit; China leading culprit

Huge spike in ‘Internet-of-things’ hacking attempts on Finland during summit; China leading culprit
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[Ed. – No surprise. Brave new world. Etc. Beware the Internet-of-things.  It’s not your friend.]

Four days before U.S. and Russian leaders met in Helsinki, hackers from China launched a wave of brute-force attacks on internet-connected devices in Finland, seeking to gain control of gear that could collect audio or visual intelligence, a new report says.

Traffic aimed at remote command-and-control features for Finnish internet-connected devices begain to spike July 12, according to a July 19 report by Seattle-based cybersecurity company F5.

“Finland is not typically a top attacked country; it receives a small number of attacks on a regular basis,” the report says. …

Attacks jumped 2,800 percent.

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