New findings were just presented at USENIX re BlackIoT: IoT Botnet of High Wattage Devices Can Disrupt the Power Grid — a new type of attack on the actual power grid (vs. SCADA systems) exploiting high-wattage IoT devices for manipulation of demand via IoT (Mad IoT) attacks to drive local power outages and large-scale blackouts.
In response, a Virsec expert with insight into critical infrastructure cyber security offers perspective.
Ray DeMeo, Co-Founder and COO, Virsec:
“This is a frightening new scenario, but should not be that surprising. This is directly analogous to an internet DOS (denial of service) attack, where an army of poorly protected computers flood a website with traffic. While we might hope IoT devices are built with adequate security, we should assume they are vulnerable. Smart grid technology will have to become smarter in a hurry to detect this new type of abuse.”