Target data heist, security firm says

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A new report reveals cyberattacks aren’t relegated to laptops any longer: Now, even a fridge or a Television set can mail malicious e-mails.

Safety firm Proofpoint has uncovered a cyberattack that included the hacking of “smart” home appliances connected to the Net. Hackers broke into much more than one hundred,000 gadgets — which includes TVs, multimedia facilities, routers, and at minimum one particular fridge – and employed the appliances to mail out additional than 750,000 malicious e-mails between December 23 and January six.

The assault also included compromised laptops and tablets, but Proofpoint mentioned about twenty five% of the emails were being sent from appliances over and above the standard Internet-connected gizmos.

According to Proofpoint, the cyberattack could be the first confirmed breach of the so-called “Internet of Things”: an interesting tech development that claims a Jetsons-like long run, with all of our household appliances and other devices linked to…

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