Back in June 2016, a botnet army comprised of 25,000 CCTV cameras crashed an online jeweler’s website. The notion that internet-connected cameras could be hijacked and used for DDoS was frightening, but not necessarily unique. Internet of Things DDoS attacks took place prior to and after the incident.
Another point of contention with internet-connected cameras was the idea of spying. Security surveillance systems and webcams, for instance, without proper authentication can be turned into vessels for espionage. Again, this is worrisome, but not novel.
Fast-forward to January 2017. President-elect Donald Trump only has a few days before becoming President Donald Trump and officials in Washington D.C. are preparing for the big event. Then it happens: Ransomware knocks 70 percent of the city’s CCTV cameras offline. The good news is that the public safety was never in jeopardy as a result. The scary news, however, is that under s a different set of circumstances, things could have been so much worse.
Disruption Like Never Before
When ransomware strikes, at worst, critical systems are rendered useless, causing immediate danger to people. At best, the systems are simply wiped and restored, and brought back online with little to do.
Of course, the best-case scenario is anything but ideal. Less than a week after the inauguration, the Cockrell Hill police department just outside of Dallas announced that it had been hit with a variant of Locky called Osiris. As a result, eight years of digital evidence was locked down. The department chose to wipe everything. While some