Attack Of The Toothbrushes: Smart Toothbrushes Used in Cyber Attack Against Swiss Company

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Millions of internet-connected toothbrushes were reportedly hijacked and used to launch a cyber attack against a Swiss company, highlighting the growing security risks associated with smart devices. The attack, first reported by local newspaper Aargauer Zeitung, involved hackers creating a botnet – a network of compromised devices – using the toothbrushes to bombard the targeted website with traffic, causing it to crash.

According to cybersecurity firm Fortinet, the attack caused millions of euros in lost business for the unnamed Swiss company while its website remained offline. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential vulnerabilities of smart devices, including webcams, baby monitors, and even household appliances.

Stefan Züger, head of system technology at Fortinet Switzerland warns owners of smart devices need to take steps to protect themselves. 

While some cybersecurity experts question the reported scale of the attack, it underscores the broader concerns surrounding the proliferation of internet-connected devices. Recent trends at the CES tech conference showcase an expanding range of smart devices, from pillows to mirrors, raising critical questions about data privacy and potential security breaches.

A report by network performance firm Netscout revealed an “unprecedented growth” in malicious botnets, with activity doubling in January alone. This trend underscores the urgent need for robust security measures to be implemented alongside the development and adoption of smart devices.

Key Takeaways:

  • Millions of smart toothbrushes allegedly used in cyber attack against Swiss company.
  • Attack highlights security risks associated with internet-connected devices.
  • Cybersecurity experts urge users to take protective measures with smart devices.
  • Growing presence of smart devices demands stronger security protocols.

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