How good is the security of your home? Locks and alarms can keep burglars away, but as “smart homes” become more popular, things get tough.
With our homes increasingly connected, the chances of hackers interfering in our lives and causing damage are increasing.
“If everything is connected, everything can be hacked”
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a recent speech.
So, which household items are most vulnerable? According to a relevant survey by Euroconsumers, the following:
- The smart TV
- The bell with camera and the security system of the house
- The robotic broom
- The system for opening the garage door
- The “smart” baby monitor
All of the above share the same vulnerabilities; they are not only connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), but are often part of the home WiFi network.
What are the risks?
The researchers tested a total of 16 branded devices and found 54 vulnerabilities that exposed users to hacker attacks, with possible consequences of disabling security systems and stealing personal data.
More than 98% of people are concerned about privacy threats.
In addition to gaining access to sensitive services, such as banking applications, the report states that hackers can also use multiple connected devices to carry out massive denial of service (DDOS) attacks, similar to those used to break down banking and networks. health care.
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