Home Isn’t Safe Anymore

Home Isn’t Safe Anymore

House that knows what to do to serve us, gets dinner ready by the time we arrive home, or turns on the light when it is too dark – which is known as smart house – has become a forever dream for many people. With the current development of IoT (Internet of Things), it is not impossible anymore to have all of our devices connected and monitor our house from distance. At the moment, there are smart devices that are available in the market already, such as smart washing machines, smart TV, smart LED, or a garden sprinkler control.

As everything else in the world, these sophisticated devices come with some holes, which is privacy and security concerns. Since its development, many security firm, experts, and researchers studied the effect of privacy and security of these devices.

As reported by HP experiment and research, one of biggest concerns was that most devices did not require consumers to use hard-to-hack log-ins. usually, password used are the standard combination, such as pass123. Moreover, a lack of encryption – the digital scrambling of data to make it unreadable without a special key – was also flagged as a worry. As these personal devices require log-in, it will also store our personal data, such as name, birth, health details, email, phone, and even financial information. Even more, it becomes a higher concern when it is stored in the cloud. Once hackers have the access to these devices, all our information will leak. In addition, with many devices transmitting this information unencrypted on the home network, users are one network misconfiguration away from exposing this data to the world via wireless networks.

Few times ago, BBC conducted an experiment of smart house with seven computer security experts involved to find out how easy it is to hack a smart house. The answer was not surprising: it was easy for all of them. The vulnerabilities in the device emerged from the very basic web server software it used to post images online. That insecure software is currently being used by more than five million gadgets that are also already online.

The work that Microsoft and other PC software vendors were doing to make a better security was already making dedicated cyber criminals look elsewhere for targets. This explained the rise in ransom-ware, technical support scams and attacks on computers at checkout points in shops.

The “ridiculously easy” way it was possible to subvert many smart gadgets was likely to make them a candidate for attack in the near future. There had already been examples of attackers looking to subvert domestic hardware in a bid to grab online banking data.

So, the question is, when it comes to smart house, are you sure that your home is safe and secured? Looks like home is not a secured place anymore!