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This article confirms that bio-metric human identification systems like the RFID chip will never guarantee our security and privacy.

Some predict that the RFID chip is going to be implanted in humans in a massive way in the not too distant future, humanity is in danger and does not know it.

The “Distributed Denial of Service” DDoS attack that interferes with the normal operation of several popular Internet applications for several hours is almost anecdotal. The Internet with the RFID chip represents the new global threat. Hackers could shut down whole neighborhoods, leave cities without drinking water, steal personal information stored on your chip to use at their convenience, even erase your life history from it. You could even murder a person who has a pacemakers or an insulin pump by altering the functioning of those devices grafted inside your body. Some hackers already use smart appliances to commit cyber-crimes simply and cheaply.

The Central Bank of Russia has recognized that the cyber attacks that hit several Russian financial institutions as of last November 8 were made with more than 24,000 devices belonging to the so-called “Internet of Things”, which encompasses the digital interconnection in the Network of everyday objects , Reports RBC.

In this way, banks underwent repeated computer attacks for almost 12 hours, in which they received up to 660,000 requests per second.

Although the systems of the companies were not seriously damaged, it is the first case officially recognized by Russia in which smart appliances – from a lamp to a home security system – could have contributed to criminal purposes.

Toasters instead of Computers

These Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks try to overload victims’ servers or websites by sending huge amounts of requests from multiple devices connected to the Internet.

Last year, computer scientist Vinton Gray Cerf – considered one of the Internet’s “founders” – announced that “100,000 DDoS attacks could” hack “Bank of America.”

The US company Cisco, which manufactures and sells telecommunications equipment and performs computer consulting and maintenance, says the number of devices connected to the Internet exceeded the world’s population between 2008 and 2009.

The Business Insider portal predicts that there could be 34 billion of those units in 2020 – of which 10,000 would be smartphones, computers and tablets and the other 24 billion would belong to the “Internet of things” – while the Chinese company Huawei offers an even more optimistic forecast: 100,000 million connected devices ..

An ‘army’ of routers and camcorders

This September, several multinationals received cyber attacks involving nearly 150,000 devices, mainly surveillance cameras and routers. Thus, the website KrebsOnSecurity.com received an attack of 600 and 700 GB / s and the French web hosting provider OVH suffered the largest ever recorded attack of 1.5 TB / s.

On October 21, a DDoS Ciber offensive against the company Dyn, which reached 1.2 TB / s, connecting to Twitter, PayPal, Netflix, Reddit, Github, Soundcloud, Spotify and other services.

According to Verisign, a US company specializing in network infrastructure, in the second quarter of 2016 the average maximum DDoS attack was 17.37 GB / s, more than double the same period last year. The number of offensives of this type grows 75% each year.

Severity of attacks: can be deadly

This August, researcher and technology director at NewAE Technology, Colin O’Flynn, showed at the BlackHat 2016 conference how to ‘hack’ Philips Hue’s intelligent lighting system and confirmed that malicious programs can be created to spread a lamp after Another, leaving entire buildings and neighborhoods in the hands of evildoers.

Already in 2011 and 2012, programmer Barnaby Jack demonstrated how to remotely alter the performance of an insulin pump and a pacemaker, respectively.

The following year, two Americans pirated the Jeep Cherokee vehicle system and took control remotely in that car’s control system. As a result of its action, Chrysler withdrew 1.4 million cars to modify its security system.

Antivirus Attacks Spreading

Experts attribute the increasing spread of DDoS attacks to the reduction of resources and estimate that “in order to reduce risks, we must increase the quality of protection of products” and “hardware”, as indicated by the director of Development of InfoWatch, Andrei Aréfiev.

This specialist believes that the Internet of Things is the least protected segment today and that the IP addresses of their devices are increasingly being used to carry out cyber attacks, details of the vulnerability of these units is due to users not Usually updating their ‘software’, leting is stay dorment as it was preconfigured.

Kaspersky Lab Russia’s director of research, Yuri Naméstnikov, believes that “creating an automatic download antivirus program for Internet devices is very difficult”, but “should be included in the manufacturing phase “.

Anyway, “it is early to talk about fully elaborated solutions, since the market is still developing,” says Maria Vóronova, an expert in computer security at InfoWatch.

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