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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

REVEALED - Hackers could turn your household objects against you

It may sound like a line from a dystopian sci-fi movie, but the devices in your home could be used to take down the internet.
With technology firms pushing for greater connectivity, more and more household devices are sharing data about the most mundane of household habits.
Connected kettles enable people to boil water from another room, while smart fridges enable us to order ingredients we need for dinner.
But these devices may be vulnerable to hackers, who are capable of recruiting an army of household objects to carry out cyber-attacks.

Beyond sharing how you like your toast, or what time you have your morning coffee, these devices may be vulnerable to hackers, which can recruit an army of household objects to carry out cyber-attacks.

Today, Westminster called for more to be done to defend the UK from cyber-attacks, launching a new security strategy to bolster the country’s defense against hackers and ‘rogue states’. 
But the strategy also aims to allay fears over vulnerabilities being exploited through the connected devices via the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).  
'Cyber-attacks conducted by seemingly harmless connected devices are no longer just the stuff of movies, or even of the future, but are a very real and current threat,' said Denis Makrushin, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
The firm recently tested connected household devices to see how vulnerable they were to attack.
Mr Makrushin told MailOnline: 'When it comes to app-controlled coffeemakers, it’s not even necessary for an attacker to be on the same network as the victim. 
'The coffeemaker examined during another Kaspersky Lab experiment was sending enough unencrypted information for an attacker to discover the password for the coffeemaker owner’s entire Wi-Fi network.'


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