Could Hackers Take Over Your Home?

Smart home gadgets such as connected thermostats, cameras, door locks and more were all over the show floor of this month's Consumer Electronics Show. But, ironically, even those systems designed to keep your home safe could be susceptible to hackers.

The more IP connected devices are set up in the home, the more chances there are for hackers and cybercriminals to break in virtually and access personal data, according to the Atlanta Security Mag. The publication outlines how hackers might be able to get in and what home owners can do to protect themselves in the following infographic.

brooks7 1/27/2015 | 8:18:22 PM
Re: Smart homes are insecure by design Utility company hires hackers to turn up the heat during the day to pad your bills.


x.o.ware 1/27/2015 | 7:53:33 PM
Re: Smart homes are insecure by design If a devices that is widely used around the world (or country) can be exploited, it can be used to create a giant botnet.

Also, software can be installed on it to sniff the local network for other devices or computers that might have more interesting files on it.

All of this can be automated, so it's not like it will take a lot of manual labor.  And the software to perform this snooping can be installed on compromised hardware.
R Clark 1/27/2015 | 7:44:56 PM
Re: Smart homes are insecure by design Anything can be hacked but in this case it's hard to see why.  People might hack into a smarthome for the hell of it but it's hard to see it becoming a major criminal activity. Seizing control of a single home doesn't give a hacker much financial leverage.

If smarthome mangement is being outsourced to a corporation, that might be an attractive target. 



MarkC73 1/27/2015 | 4:27:26 PM
Re: Smart people It's tough now a days, I mean when's the last time you updated your firmware on your home devices?

If you're good you're updating the things you use the most, but lets also think about those that normally call you for network help, seriously doubt they're even thinking about it.

On the other hand the 'bad' folks are constantly trying to find new tricks.

Here's a fun story

x.o.ware 1/12/2015 | 1:54:29 PM
Smart homes are insecure by design Almost every device that is used to create the smart home is designed to be open, so that its manufacturer's servers can contact it and receive information about it and other devices on the local network.  This actually creates two security holes: 1) the portal server, which if hacked, provides access to all of its customers' networks, and 2) the individual devices themselves, which are designed to provide information to servers over the Internet, instead of just local devices. If not properly implemented, it creates a vulnerability that is easily exploited.

At this time, the number of smart homes and devices does not yet present an attractive target for hackers, due to the limited adoption.  But once the number of smart homes reaches the tens of millions, with possibly tens of devices in each home, then the bad guys' interest will be increased, and so will their hacking activity. 

Device manufacturers initially created portals so that the devices could be easily configured and accessed from the Internet.  However, those portals are being designed to become profit centers for many mfrs, and securing access is not a priority for them. 

A more secure architecture would only allow access to the devices from the local network, and utilize a secure VPN-like method of remotely connecting to them.  That is what we have created with VPEx, the Virtual Private Exonetwork.  It gives indiviudals control over secure access to their home networks, in addition to providing a trusted Internet connection from any open hotspot. You can read more about our solution at www.xoware.com.
brooks7 1/12/2015 | 1:42:50 PM
Re: Smart people But Sarah, people are always the weak link.


sarahthomas1011 1/12/2015 | 1:39:06 PM
Smart people Security is a viable concern, of course, but it seems like most of the "threat" is welcomed in by user error - weak passwords, not setting up the home network properly, connecting to insecure WiFi, etc. Users have to be diligent and extra careful more than anything.
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