12-Year-Old SSH Bug Exposes More than 2 Million IoT Devices


Are your internet-connected devices spying on you? Perhaps.We already know that the Internet of Thing (IoT) devices are so badly insecure that hackers are adding them to their botnet network for launching Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against target services.

But, these connected devices are not just limited to conduct DDoS attacks; they have far more potential to harm you.

New research [PDF] published by the content delivery network provider Akamai Technologies shows how unknown threat actors are using a 12-year-old vulnerability in OpenSSH to secretly gain control of millions of connected devices.

The hackers then turn, what researchers call, these «Internet of Unpatchable Things» into proxies for malicious traffic to attack internet-based targets and “internet-facing” services, along with the internal networks that host them.

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