Sunday, August 28, 2016

Hacking a home's smart appliances


Is it really a good idea to tie all your home appliances to a smart grid?

Webroot describes a proof-of-concept ransomware attack for a home thermostat here.

Where I would wonder about this is whether elaborate home security systems could be hacked, including devices to alert you by smart phone when anyone rings your doorbell or even appears at the door.  Of course, you can’t use these when driving or in a no-phones area.

In the worst scenarios, hacking could even start home fires.  Homeowners, especially those who live alone and travel for long periods, need to contemplate the safety of any devices inadvertently left on (including power strips or surge protectors).

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