Trend Micro Reveals Top Ten Regions Affected by IoT Security ThreatsResearch shows that Australia is ranked sixth in top 10 regions most affected by cyberattacks

SYDNEY August 16, 2017Trend Micro, a global leader in cyber security solutions, today released the “Trend Micro 2017 1H Smart Home Network Security Summary,” revealing the top 10 regions most affected by cyberattacks on a home router and identifying key factors for in-home cyber security threats.- with Australia ranked sixth.

In the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem today, cyberattacks are becoming more diverse and sophisticated with cybercriminals taking over home network routers to launch attacks on smart home devices.

Trend Micro’s recent report shows more than 1.8 million cyberattacks have been conducted through home network routers in the past six months. Eight percent of these attacks were outbound attacks where hackers were able to access a home device, then remotely execute malware to obtain confidential information such as passwords or intercept contents transmitted by the affected devices.

Tim Falinski, consumer director for Trend Micro in APAC, says that Australians are more connected than ever before, with households averaging 14 connected devices1, and this figure expected to grow to 25 connected devices in 2020.

“Cybersecurity threats have continued to grow hand in hand with the increase of connected devices,” said Falinski. “Smart home devices such as routers are incredibly vulnerable to cybercriminals, and many households are unaware to the risk they present.”

“Our research shows that the use of connected devices for Bitcoin mining has nearly doubled in just a few months. The increased use for malicious gains paired with the significant growth of the industry makes an ideal market for cybercriminals to exploit,” added Falinski.

The United States, China and the United Kingdom were the three top countries affected by smart home attacks by cyber criminals. Below is a list of the top 10 affected countries, which account for approximately seventy percent of globally detected incidents on smart homes by Trend Micro*, further indicating that security issues of smart home devices are a global threat.

  1. United States- 28 percent
  2. China- 7 percent
  3. United Kingdom-7 percent
  4. Hong Kong- 5 percent
  5. Canada- 5 percent
  6. Australia- 4 percent
  7. Sweden- 4 percent
  8. Netherlands- 4 percent
  9. Taiwan- 3 percent
  10. Russia- 3 percen

1Telsyte Australian IoT @ Home Market Study 2017
* Trend Micro detected incidents are gathered from partners’ home routers deployed internationally.

Inbound vs Outbound Attacks
Cybercriminals that attack home network systems classify the two main types of cyberattacks on home devices as inbound and outbound attacks. Inbound attacked are when hackers breach the home network on smart devices, such as game counsels, routers and smart TVs, from the internet. Outbound attacks are when hackers gain control of networking devices through inbound attacks and then use them to breach and attack other devices. Desktops, laptops and IP cameras are the most common targets for inbound attacks, while DNS amplification attack is the most common outbound attack. Nearly 80 percent of all attacks that occur on a home router are outbound attacks.

Trend Micro has found that the number of incidents where IoT devices are controlled by cybercriminals for Bitcoin mining has nearly doubled from February to June 2017. It is predicted that as the value of Bitcoin and Ethereum continues to rise, these type of related attacks will continue to become more prevalent.

Risks of Smart Home Devices
According to Trend Micro’s research there are three major risks of smart home devices- long-term exposure to unprotected networks, no change of default password and low replacement rate of home devices (plus infrequent firmware/software updates). Comprehensive security protection, users’ awareness to the importance of proper configuration and regular updates are critical to smart home security.

  1. Long-term Exposure to Unprotected Networks: Most smart home devices connect to external networks via routers, and many consumers tend to overlook the routers security protection, which will allow hackers to exploit vulnerabilities of devices or home network and freely control all home connected devices. This further exposes all family members to serious risks of personal information leaks.
  2. No Change of Default Passwords: Devices used in smart homes such as routers and web cameras often share the same system so it can be conveniently managed. With this however, users leave their devices with default passwords, providing hackers an easy access to these devices.
  3. Low Replacement Rate of Home Devices plus Infrequent Firmware/Software Updates: Most home-connected devices, like PC and smart TVs, the product life cycle is not short and will not be frequently replaced. The devices’ software system is seldom updated. Overlooking the firmware and system updates both contribute to the increase of cyber security threats.

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