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SANS Institute in IoT Botnet Warning

Threats associated with the “Internet of Things” are very real and a serious concern.  Take a moment and simply count in your head the number of devices active on the Internet in your home – your computers, laptops, gaming consoles, smartphones, handheld games, printers, camera systems, doorbells, thermostats, kitchen appliances – the list goes on and on.  All of these devices are potential bot nodes or network entry points.

Think about the firewall at the edge of your DSL or cable modem.  Is it secure?  Is it properly configured?  How often do you connect to it and verify the active connections and associated devices?  Take the time to secure your home network just as you would your physical doors and windows.  You may have a “door” standing wide open that you never considered.

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