WootCloud, a San Jose, California-based IoT cybersecurity firm, in a recent press release statement on Tuesday, Mar. 5th 2019, introduced its new global research initiative to assist the OpenSource and the IoT community with a helping hand on identifying IoT cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
WootCloud Labs, WootCloud’s research division, as part of this research initiative will be extensively employing Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Neural Network technology for research and analysis work, analyzing in detail the IoT (Internet of Things) network threats that might have slipped past the network monitoring, and historically gone undetected. The Lab also said that it is committed to working in association with IoT organizations and companies, via responsible disclosure, to unveil these security vulnerabilities, and that it’ll in association with the helping parties will unravel i.e bring to surface the undetected vulnerabilities to alert the wider IoT community to prevent cyber attacks and reduce the network attack surface.
Last year alone, WootCloud Labs has pointed out many ethically disclosed new threats, which include:
- Discovery of three new botnet families on Polycom HDX systems, both mimicking the behavior of the Mirai botnet.
- The OMNI botnet, which harnesses the power of open open-source software packages such as “BusyBox,” WGet” and comes as embedded firmware shipment in the Polycom devices.
- Over 200,000 Cisco routers running with exposed web administrative panels.
Srinivas Akella, founder and CTO, WootCloud, said, “With so many smart devices available in the wild, device sprawl is rampant and creates an environment that is becoming more and more inviting for attackers”. Adding further Akella said, “At WootCloud Labs our goal is to deliver actionable insights to the IoT community, empowering businesses with the information they need to get ahead and stay ahead of a wide range of vulnerabilities, exposures, and exploits. We are looking forward to continuing to collaborate with organizations to deliver research and analysis around a wide variety of impending threats.”