Cyxtera Technologies, a Coral Gables, Florida-based multinational datacenter and cybersecurity company, in a recent press release statement on Monday, Mar. 4th 2019, released its findings of an extensive research project, titled the “Detection of Threats to IoT Devices using Scalable VPN-forwarded Honeypots”. The recent findings suggest there is a constant threat of attack looming over IoT devices, with more than 150 million connection attempts over the past 15 months. Furthermore, the report taking us much deeper into the root cause of IoT attacks reveals the detection of new kinds of attacks on connected hardware devices, especially those leveraging zero-day vulnerabilities for specific devices. The research pilot was a collaborative effort of Martin Ochoa, a threat researcher at Cyxtera, and a group of researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), an autonomous university in Singapore.
Florida-based cybersecurity company, along with the release of this research report also announced new functionality in its flagship Zero Trust solution, “AppGate SDP”, a Software-Defined Perimeter architecture comprising a client, a controller, and a gateway. The Zero Trust solution extends the benefits of network micro-segmentation and SDP to connected hardware and IoT devices, enabling enterprises to enforce consistent access control policies across all parties i.e. users, servers, and devices to protect the sophisticated distributed resources.
Some of the key findings of the pilot report are:
- Over 150 million connection attempts to 4,642 distinct IP addresses detected.
- In terms of incoming connections, China seems to lead at 64 %, followed by the United States at 14 %, the United Kingdom at 9 %, Israel at 8 %, and Slovakia at 6 %.
- Attempted logins were witnessed by all the IoT devices immediately upon coming online, and further, the number of login attempts increased steadily over time.