Last year, hackers ramped up their nefarious efforts to execute attacks on an industrial scale. But while ransomware attacks reached epic volumes, it was the use of IoT devices to create mass botnets that truly took security pundits by surprise.

September saw a giant botnet attack, delivered using hijacked internet connected devices, targeting a top security blogger’s website in September. This was followed by the Dyn attack in October which took down some of the internet’s biggest websites – including Netflix, Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify.

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