Computer security company Trend Micro <4704.T> said that Berlin
has more than 2.8 million insecure devices, followed closely by
London with more than 2.5 million exposed gadgets. Among the top
10 capitals, Rome was lowest with nearly 300,000 visible
unsecured devices, the researchers said.
The study was based on calculating the number of exposed devices
in major European cities using Shodan, a search engine that
helps to identify internet-linked equipment.
Trend Micro said that electronics users must take responsibility
for managing their own internet-connected devices because of the
failure by many gadget manufacturers to build in up-front
security by default in their products.
The warning comes one year after a wave of attacks using
so-called botnets of infected devices caused outages on popular
websites and knocked 900,000 Deutsche Telekom <DTEGn.DE> users
off the internet. (http://reut.rs/2BjdRII)
Computer experts say the failure to patch millions of insecure
devices after last year's Mirai denial-of-service attacks means
it is only a question of time before further broad-based outages
Research company Gartner recently forecast that there would be
8.4 billion connected products or devices in 2017, up 31 percent
from 2016, and expects the number to triple by 2020. (https://goo.gl/thR54Q)
(Reporting by Jamillah Knowles; Editing by Eric Auchard and
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