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Can Your House Be Hacked? How Smart Devices Put Your Home At Risk

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Security Help

A security expert decided to put the safety of smart devices to the test by hacking his own home. David Jacoby from Kaspersky decided to find out if it really was possible to hack things like a smart TV.

With many homes having printers, televisions, game consoles and other devices hooked up to the home network, he decided to find out if his home was as secure as he believed it to be. After all, as a security expert, he should be on top of things.

He made sure that all of his devices were up to date on the latest firmware and was surprised at how much time it took and how many smart devices no longer received firmware updates. He came to the conclusion that the update process would be pretty taxing for the average consumer, which might make it difficult to keep up-to-date.

He found he was able to get into the configuration file on his network storage devices and find out where the password hashes were stored. He was then able to get the highest level of privileges.  Had he been a hacker with ill intent, it wouldn’t have been possible to load malware onto the system. 

He also found it pretty easy to hack the router provided by his Internet company.  Jacoby managed to discover some new vulnerabilities on his devices, including a concerning issue on his smart TV. He was actually afraid to hack his smart TV and game console, because he didn’t want to break expensive equipment in his home.

Instead, he contacted the manufacturers to tell them about the security issues.  He was appalled to find so many security issues in his own home and reminded users that it is as important to keep your devices up-to-date as it is your PC and to also the importance of having a strong username and password that you change frequently.

You can read his full report here.

It’s a good reminder that as we add more and more networked devices to our lives, we have to be vigilant. As we add refrigerators that allow you to make shopping lists and order groceries, there will be hackers looking to steal your bank account information.

~ Cynthia



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