Hackers infect army of cameras, DVRs for massive internet attacks

Bloomberg News

Hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet.

The assaults raised eyebrows among security experts both for their size and for the machines that made them happen. The attackers used as many as one million security cameras, digital video recorders and other infected devices to generate a flood of internet traffic that knocked their targets offline, security experts said.

“We’re thinking this is the tip of the iceberg,” said Dale Drew, head of security at Level 3 Communications Inc.

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