Tweaking code lets hackers in again

2015-03-09 00:00

HACKERS are now using old methods of attacking your computer and mobile., this a concern with the growing number of household electronics now connected to the Internet.

David Emm, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a global software organisation, said that with more devices connecting to Internet, entire households can become susceptible to attacks from hackers.

“Hackers infiltrate devices for different reasons, whether it is to send a message or just to cause malicious damage,” he said.

Emm added that there were 325 000 unique codes sampled by many Internet security ­software teams around the world that were very focused on detecting new viruses as early as possible.

Emm said that once malware is successfully installed on a computer, it normally contains an update component, which the machine would search for on the Internet. He added that said hackers have found a way to just slightly tweak the codes of viruses and use them again.

BlackBerry’s devices and emerging solutions president Ron Louks the days of providing antivirus software for just a computer is long gone.

Major household electronics manufacturers have developed products to make the lives of consumers easy. The list includes refrigerators connected to the web to order fresh milk, security cameras, heaters for car engines in cold climates and even pet feeders — all controlled over the web via mobile applications and all equally vulnerable to being hacked.

Experts say that as more devices are connected to the Internet, hackers are able to target and attack personal devices.

“In today’s mobile world influenced by trends like BYOD (Bring your own device), where personal and corporate data are frequently under attack from hackers, companies and ­everyday consumers are finding out the hard way that mobile ­security is paramount,” said Louks.

Emm saidthat the reality of a complete ­solution of antivirus software would soon be on the cards, in attempts to prevent entire households from attacks.

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