Someone Used Hacked Vending Machines To Hold A University’s Internet Hostage

A university’s IT staff recently battled a concerted assault piped and coordinated through smart, web-capable vending machines, light bulbs, and other devices, according to a Verizon report.

A senior member of the institution’s IT security team was the first to identify the problem after receiving a number of student complaints about slow or inaccessible network connectivity.

The university, which isn’t named in Verizon’s report, then contacted the Verizon RISK (Research, Investigations, Solutions and Knowledge) Team in order to determine the culprit.