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Windows 7: Cyber attack that sent 750k malicious emails traced to hacked fridge

22 Jan 2014   #1
A Guy

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Cyber attack that sent 750k malicious emails traced to hacked fridge

Cyber attack that sent 750k malicious emails traced to hacked refrigerator, TVs and home routers

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Call it the attack of the zombie refrigerators.

Computer security researchers say they have discovered a large "botnet" which infected internet-connected home appliances and then delivered more than 750,000 malicious emails.

The California security firm Proofpoint, which announced its findings, said this may be the first proven "internet of things" based cyber attack involving "smart" appliances.

Proofpoint said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a botnet — or platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails from a device, usually without the owner's knowledge.
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22 Jan 2014   #2
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

yeah my fridge is evil too, it eats the things i hide in it , i go to get a bottle of coke i stashed in the veg box and its gone , i go to get some ice cream, i know there is some left and when i get there its gone.
other drinks miraculously drop in levels and it manages to hammer the grapes almost the same day as they go in there.
and it loves bacon.

ive asked the teenagers to keep an eye on it whilst im out and they said they didnt notice anything....
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22 Jan 2014   #3
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

"Honey, have you updated our refrigerator's antivirus?"

Just needs a little of getting used to.
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22 Jan 2014   #4
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

With all of the "Internet of Things" hype, it was inevitable and obvious (to anyone with a few brain cells) that this was going to happen.

Q - "How can we make innocuous objects serve up malware ... sorry ... advertising?"
A - "Connect them to the Internet."
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22 Jan 2014   #5
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

sounds like its called "attack of the killer refrigerator"! lol
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23 Jan 2014   #6
TVeblen

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An interesting scenario occurred to me: The internet connected refrigerator ransomware attack!
$500 Euros or no pudding for you!
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23 Jan 2014   #7
A Guy

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Not Enough Evidence the Internet of Things Botnet Actually Exists

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There was a report last week about a spam botnet using "Internet of Things" devices—a refrigerator, even!—but the evidence supporting this claim feels a little circumstantial.
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03 Jul 2014   #8
jeremyt

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Just saw this post and it scared the biJesus out of me. We just purchased a Samsung smart fridge last month. I hope this isn't going to be a problem for my family. I did find an article on what to do if you have a smart appliance but is it enough?

The article is here:Could Your Smart Refrigerator be Spreading a Virus?

What do you guys think about it?


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Cyber attack that sent 750k malicious emails traced to hacked refrigerator, TVs and home routers

Quote:
Call it the attack of the zombie refrigerators.

Computer security researchers say they have discovered a large "botnet" which infected internet-connected home appliances and then delivered more than 750,000 malicious emails.

The California security firm Proofpoint, which announced its findings, said this may be the first proven "internet of things" based cyber attack involving "smart" appliances.

Proofpoint said hackers managed to penetrate home-networking routers, connected multimedia centres, televisions and at least one refrigerator to create a botnet — or platform to deliver malicious spam or phishing emails from a device, usually without the owner's knowledge.
Source

A Guy
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03 Jul 2014   #9
scr

Windows 7 Home Premium sp1 - 64bit
 
 

Maybe it's just me but these so called "smart" devices don't seem to be very smart.
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03 Jul 2014   #10
spencer1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The day my fridge is smarter than I am.. is the day I freak.
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