Your future home is vulnerable to cyberattacks

LAS VEGAS (CNNMoney) — If the Jetsons were real, they probably would have gotten hacked a lot.

In the classic 1960s animated sitcom, everything in the space-age family’s home was networked and could be controlled by the press of a button on a remote control.

That fantasy is becoming a reality. New technology allows practically everything in your home — from your door locks to your thermostat to your TV — to be controlled by an Internet-connected device like a smartphone.

Unsurprisingly, many of those cutting-edge devices are filled with holes that cyberattackers can exploit.

In a briefing at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, security researcher Collin Mulliner showed just how easily hackers can tap into “smart home” gadgets when they’re connected to mobile networks.

By scouring through a European database of registered devices on the mobile Internet, and with just a small amount of hacking, Mulliner was able to crack hundreds of home automation hubs, smart electric meter control units, and in-home security cameras.

Mulliner didn’t need to break out many advanced geek skills. For example, a quick Google search revealed that one brand of popular smart meter device had a default password of 1234. Since they’re typically installed by the electric company, few homeowners change it.


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