It has been reported that Internet of Things (IoT) devices are more popular targets for cybercriminals than ever before, a new report from Kaspersky has claimed. The company says that in the first half of 2021, the number of attacks against IoT devices doubled compared to the same period last year. Kaspersky created a number of honeypots, essentially pieces of software that imitate the behavior of a vulnerable IoT device, to build its research. During the first six months of 2021, the company detected more than 1.5 billion attacks against these honeypots, twice as many as during the same period in 2020. Most of the time, the crooks would use the telnet protocol in an attempt to establish a connection (a protocol usually used to access and manage devices remotely). Sometimes, they’d also use SSH and web, as well.