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Smart homes are vulnerable to hacking, shows hacker at Black Hat

Posted By Joe On August 6, 2013 @ 7:08 AM In General Tech | No Comments

Hacking a smart toilet and “taking control of the bidet” is more of a prank but you may want to take the security risk seriously if an attacker had access to your security camera, capture videos, and upload them on the internet.

A lot of home appliances we use today are connected to the Internet that allow people to control them wherever they are. For example, you can turn on and off lights and set a timer using your smartphone. It is quite convenient and makes our lives easier but by doing this, we open the door for attackers to hack our homes.

The most obvious target would be a smart front door which is designed to “be opened with a PIN code or an app.” At the last week’s Black Hat session, Daniel Crowley “demonstrated” how easy it is for a hacker to hack a smart front door. He first took a four-digit number from an attendee and then “successfully changed” the PIN code. With new PIN code in hand, he could, in theory, rob attendee’s home without leaving a trace:

“If someone breaks into your house and there’s no sign of forced entry, how are you going to get your insurance company back?”

The point here is manufacturers have to take security into account when making smart devices. Without proper security, hackers will have access to your security camera, motion detector and other smart devices that could result in a perfect robbery.

My advice? Just move into an igloo.

[via CNN [1], via image via EECatalog]


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