by Phil Muncaster
28 NOV 2017
London and Berlin have emerged as the two European cities most exposed to potential cyber-attacks, according to a new study from Trend Micro.
The security giant ran a Shodan search on over 2.7m unique IP addresses in the region to compile its latest report Exposed Cities: Western European Capitals.
It found 2.8 million exposed cyber-assets in Berlin and 2.5 million in London. These assets include webcams, routers, printers, NAS devices, web and email servers and much more.
While being exposed to the public internet doesn’t indicate these devices will definitely be compromised, it does give hackers a good chance to remotely probe them for vulnerabilities.
However, Trend Micro claimed the results were in line with expectations, as both UK and German capitals are known as tech hubs which play host to a large number of ISPs.
It had the following:
“When exposure is calculated based on per capita, places such as Amsterdam, Berlin, and Lisbon proportionally had significantly higher exposure levels than other cities. Conversely, some cities such as Paris, Athens, and Rome where we expected to see much higher per capita numbers did not have high exposure levels.”
Webcams were the most commonly exposed type of device — with 3,050 in London alone — and NAS devices came second. London also topped the UK in terms of exposed web and email services and routers.
Trend Micro cybersecurity architect, Simon Edwards, urged IT departments to focus their efforts on IoT security.