IoT News Roundup

NFC Forum unveils tag-certification initiative, calls for participation; DHS releases strategic principles for securing Internet of Things; Gooee partners with PointGrab to enhance smart lighting platform; Oracle buys Dynamic Network Services.
By Rich Handley

Oracle Buys Dynamic Network Services

Oracle has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Dyn, a cloud-based Internet Performance and DNS provider that monitors, controls and optimizes Internet applications and cloud services. Dyn's solution is powered by a global network that drives 40 billion traffic optimization decisions daily for more than 3,500 enterprise customers, including digital brands such as Netflix, Twitter, Pfizer and CNBC.

"Oracle already offers enterprise-class IaaS [Infrastructure-as-a-Service] and PaaS [Platform-as-a-Service] for companies building and running Internet applications and cloud services," said Thomas Kurian, Oracle's president of product development, in a prepared statement. Kyle York, Dyn's chief strategy officer, in the statement, "Oracle cloud customers will have unique access to Internet performance information that will help them optimize infrastructure costs, maximize application and website-driven revenue, and manage risk. We are excited to join Oracle and bring even more value to our customers as part of Oracle's cloud computing platform."

Dyn made headlines in the Internet of Things sector last month when hackers unleashed a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the New Hampshire-based domain name system provider. The hackers re-purposed objects connected to the IoT to make them repetitively attack the service en masse. The highly publicized incident was the second of two large DDoS attacks that occurred in October. Both were caused by Mirai, malware designed specifically to leverage IoT devices with poorly protected passwords. In September, the same malware had been used in an attempt to take down KrebsOnSecurity.com, the website of Brian Krebs, an investigative reporter who covers cybersecurity.

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