In June, Dark Reading asked a very relevant question: “Ransomware is already a problem. The Internet of Things (IoT) has had a number of security issues. What happens when the two combine?”
With the rate of technology innovation and increased cyber security risks to IoT devices, we also need to ask, ‘why have devices suddenly been linked to cyber security and increased ransomware?’ Cyber criminals and hackers are not innocent, their attack is focussed around one thing, and one thing only: your money. They are not interested in the glory of taking control of your smart fridge or coffee machine, but the the inconvenience that this causes, that in turn, provides the motivation for you to pay the ransom.
These questions were addressed in a joint report from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre and National Crime Agency in March 2017. The authors say that not only are cyber criminals now more aggressive, but it is the proliferation of connected devices that is now providing them with more doorways than ever before that they can sneak through.