Attacking and Defending Networked Embedded Devices
Source: Dartmouth College
Currently, work on malware attack and defense focuses primarily on PCs. However, as lightweight computing devices with embedded operating systems become more ubiquitous, they present a new and very disturbing target for botnet developers; and as embedded devices become more integrated and networked with general-purpose computing, they can easily become the launching point for many attacks on the enterprise network in which the embedded devices are deployed. In this paper, the authors showcase a variety of practical attacks they were able to launch on an enterprise network using already widely deployed set-top-boxes.