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Telco’s M2M Services Need Defense Options Against Hacked IoT Devices

by Kevin McDermott | 1Q 2018 | IN-5013

Telcos have introduced machine-to-machine (M2M) rate plans to attract new Internet of things (IoT) applications based on low monthly fees around low per-node traffic expectations. However, a consequence of a targeted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack being implemented on hacked IoT devices is that it can create a surge in message traffic that compromises both telcos’ capacity to support subscription clients and consumes the host victim device’s bandwidth. The typical IoT use case of a constrained device with a carefully designed power management for a long expected life cycle may have the battery drained in generating the hacker’s messages. So, the IoT device victim will face a compromised devices as well as potential service fees in addition to the disruption caused to the actual target victim.

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