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Smart home hacking is easier than you think

Colin Neagle | April 6, 2015
Scary stories of hacking Internet of Things devices are emerging, but how realistic is the threat?

"So I think that really is a true avenue that an intelligent hacker can use, especially in rich neighborhoods or rich areas where targets might exist," he adds.

Moore says that the higher-end smart home products are being designed with security in mind, and as the market matures, he expects the rest of the products to eventually follow suit. However, security standards for the Internet of Things are still a work in progress, so for the time being, consumers may still find themselves exposed to these vulnerabilities.

"A co-worker put it to me the other day, 'we have the technology for air bags, and we're mandated to put them in our cars,'" Moore says. "We have the technology for good security for these Internet of Things products, but no one is telling anyone or forcing them to put it in. So manufacturers, if they chose to, they could do these things right. The technology is available. They just aren't doing it yet."

 

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