Botnets became mainstream over a decade ago but the increasing overabundance of extremely unsecured network devices and gadgets due to the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) services paves the way for the Thingbots - which work on the same concept as normal bots but on a much larger scale by infecting common household and office gadgets, which in turn infect not only other gadgets but also the base servers which they are connected to.
Due to a distinct lack of security features and unavailability of ways for their firmware to get patched against such threats after being distributed, hackers can easily take over these devices in comparison to traditional networks.
Last October, the Mirai botnet made up of more than 1,00,000 IoT devices took down the service provider Dyn, which ultimately resulted in a long list of high profile websites shutting down temporarily, including Twitter and Netflix.
The consumers currently have no way to detect or fix such infections on their "smart" gadgets.
The things that have become part of Mirai botnets, for example, will be vulnerable until their owners throw them away.