An aggressive campaign by Russian cyberplayers targeting internet devices in homes, businesses and government locations aims to control the devices for espionage, intellectual-property theft and preparation for a possible future action, CBS News has learned.
U.S. and U.K. officials are worried about increasingly common Wi-Fi-enabled gizmos, known as "Internet of Things" devices, in everyone's homes.
The so-called "Mirai botnet" attack in 2016 hacked into and hijacked thousands upon thousands of mundane internet-connected devices like cameras and DVRs, using them to "ping" web addresses, sending crushing volumes of web traffic to target servers.
The U.S. and U.K. are worried that the next version of the "Mirai" attack could harness even more devices, and target something more critical than Netflix — like the electrical grid or other crucial infrastructure.
The Russian campaign has been going on for many months, possibly over a year.