PDoS Attack Bots Are Destroying Poorly Secured Devices

Episode 1378 (02:07)

We're familiar with DDoS attacks, which are "Distributed Denial of Service" attacks, but there's a new form of attack that's been happening online lately. It's called PDoS, or "Permanent Denial of Service," which actually bricks the device, destroying it permanently. The rationale is that if these devices weren't bricked, someone else would use it for a DDoS attack.

A research security firm created a "honeypot," or a series of systems designed to attract PDoS attacks. They detected 2,250 attacks on these devices from BrickerBot1 and BrickerBot2 with nodes located all over the world. These bots tried to log into the honeypot once every 2 hours and tried to brick them.

Read more at arstechnica.com.