The State-owned channel Rossiya 24 has showed the images of an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports where the operators find a chip used for spying the surrounding environment.
We have discussed for a long on the Internet of thing referring the network of intelligent devices and their capability stay always online, we also remarked the possibility that cybercriminals could exploit them for illegal activities. But not only this category of object could be compromised by cybercriminals, devices apparently inanimate and devoid of intelligence like a blender or a flat iron can hide pitfalls.
Cyber criminals are are to plant chips in practically every electrical device, recently it has been discovered that irons and kettles were modified with this technique to launch spam attacks. The fact has happened in Russia, the State-owned channel Rossiya 24 has showed the images of an iron included in a batch of Chinese imports where the operators find a chip used for spying the environment surround. The chips were equipped with “a little microphone” and according the correspondent the component were mostly being used to serve malware, the chips in fact are able to connect any computer within a 200m radius on unprotected Wi-Fi networks.
News agency Rosbalt reports that while the last delivery of appliances was rejected by officials, but tens of devices had already been sent to retailers in St Petersburg. If you believe that these cases are isolated you are completely wrong, many other common-use products have found to have rogue chips, including gaming console, chargers, network devices, mobile phones and car dashboard cameras.
While in military sector similar incident have triggered a series of initiative to for hardware validation, in large consume products the problem is relevant and approach it is not so simple … events like this are the demonstration.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.
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