Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Russia Allegedly Develops Cyber Weapons to Attack IoT Devices

Forbes reported that a group of Russian hackers managed to take documents about the Fronton Program from the Russian Intelligence Agency which also operates in the cyber region, the FSB.

The plan for the Fronton program is believed to be Russia's efforts to develop cyber weapons that attack Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Cyber ​​security expert Pratama Persadha, in his statement Monday (3/23/2020), called IoT to be the target of attacks because security was not as strong as data centers or other computer systems. Therefore, IoT can be a gate to cause chaos in cyberspace.

The plan for the Fronton program is believed to be Russia's efforts to develop cyber weapons that attack Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Cyber ​​security expert Pratama Persadha, in his statement Monday (3/23/2020), called IoT to be the target of attacks because security was not as strong as data centers or other computer systems. Therefore, IoT can be a gate to cause chaos in cyberspace.

A hacker on his personal Twitter account, @ D1G1R3V, leaked some Kremlin business data to collect data through the Fronton Program.

The main goal is not to make IoT device owners unable to use their devices, but to send botnets which can then gather millions of IoT to attack certain targets, such as cyber infrastructure or certain state-owned sites.

"Botnets can gather strength to attack together. In 2013, Indonesia was named the second largest source of cyber attacks in the world. That is, not in Indonesia many hackers, but many Indonesian computer devices infiltrated by malware and botnets and then attack systems in other countries, so our computers become like zombies controlled by others, "said the chairman of the CISSReC (Communication & Information Systems Security Research Center) Siber Indonesia Research Institute.

In Indonesia, according to Pratama, the government and other stakeholders need to make educational efforts to increase their ownership.

"Especially for IoT, there are not many in Indonesia. But some regions have launched smart cities which will certainly involve the Internet of Things system and devices. That is, vigilance must be increased," said Prtama.

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