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Securing the Internet of Things with a unique microchip fingerprinting technology

Periodic Reporting for period 4 - INSTET (Securing the Internet of Things with a unique microchip fingerprinting technology)

Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2020-05-31

Our challenge: IoT as the Internet of Trouble and why is important for the society

Botnets (networks of computers infected and repurposed for malicious activities) have existed for at least a decade. As early as 2000, hackers were breaking into computers all over the Internet and controlling them at large. Among other things, hackers used the combined computing power of these botnets to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which flood websites with traffic to take them down (attached figure).
But today the problem is getting worse, because of the abundance of cheap webcams, digital video recorders, baby monitors, smart thermostats, air quality sensors, and other gadgets in the Internet of Things (IoT). The arrival of IoT means that computers are now baked into everything from road signs & MRI scanners to prosthetics & insulin pumps .
Because these devices typically have little or no security, hackers can take them over with little effort. And that makes it easier than ever to build huge botnets that can do much more damage than taking down one website at a time.

Overall objectives
In this Phase 2 project, we will:
Develop INSTET, implement specific requirements from each of the three confirmed verticals & confirm them in the dedicated trials.
Ramp up commercialization activities in each of the three verticals and set the ground for the commercial launch of the complete INSTET solutions at the end of this Phase 2 project.
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