Refrigerator Sends Spam

Proofpoint, an internet security company in Sunnyvale, California, recently determined that an internet enabled smart refrigerator, along with other household “smart” appliances, was used in a cyberattack resulting in over 750,000 pieces of spam email. In the article "Proofpoint Uncovers Internet of things (IoT) Cyberattack", the first proven cyberattack to utilize household objects connects the attack to at least one smart refrigerator.

This attack is believed to be the first of its kind to exploit lax security on smart devices, like TV’s and refrigerators. It’s likely that as more and more gadgets in our homes become internet enabled these type attacks are going to increase. Proofpoint’s General Manager of Information Security, David Knight, is quoted in the article saying “Many of these devices are poorly protected at best and consumers have virtually no way to detect or fix infections when they do occur”.

What is the average consumer of these smart household appliances to do? Well, the McAfee Blog Central website has some good advice in the “Smart TVs, Refrigerators Used in Internet-of-Things Cyberattack” article written by Gary Davis. There’s work to be done on this front, both by manufacturers and the average consumer.

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