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brooks7
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.

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x.o.ware
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
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
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

12-million-home-and-business-routers-vulnerable-to-critical-hijacking-hack/
x.o.ware
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
brooks7
1/12/2015 | 1:42:50 PM
Re: Smart people
But Sarah, people are always the weak link.

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sarahthomas1011
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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