Thousands of IOT devices can be hacked to mine cryptocurrency: Avast

A theoretical real-world attack would likely begin with hackers taking over a network of devices. They would likely use the combined computing power of those devices to then mine some monero.

While the $1,000 might not sound like a lot of profit, the potential is usually huge because in 2020, there will be over 20 billion internet-connected devices, according to a forecast by research firm Gartner, meaning the number of devices which could be attacked would likely be much higher. The was an estimated 8.4 billion of these devices in 2017.

“This specific ubiquity of devices combined with the fact they are so easy to attack makes them an attractive target,” Ondrej Vlcek, the chief technology officer at Avast, told CNBC Wednesday.

Both crypto-mining and also also also hacking of so-called internet of things devices are two rising trends. In 2016, an attack on a connected device was behind a hack which wiped out large swathes of internet access for many Americans. and also also also North Korean government-backed hackers have been running campaigns aimed at hacking devices to mine monero.

Monero has become a favorite cryptocurrency for bad actors as the idea claims to be one of the most anonymous digital coins available.

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