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Offline Maik

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Hack a home with IoT
« on: Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 @ 14:15:16 »
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Home gadgets open to hackers

Consumers who buy internet-enabled devices such as televisions, refrigerators and even kettles are leaving themselves open to hackers who could use them to gain access to their bank accounts, one of the country’s most senior police officers has warned.

Many household appliances can now be linked up to the internet to help streamline the home. Fridges can provide reminders of when to buy milk, while televisions can offer advice on what programmes to watch.

But Mike Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Police, and the national lead on crime operations, has warned that the technology – known as the “internet of things” – is also leaving people vulnerable to online attacks.

He said: “It’s not just that they 
[cyber-criminals] are going to get into your fridge and find out how many 
yoghurts you eat a week. The fact is that your ‘internet of things’ are all plugged into the same network and that provides the criminal with a back door into your network.

“The more you connect up your 
devices, the more you give people the opportunity to invade and the more there is a very real challenge to your 
security.”

Mr Barton explained that the fear around the “internet of things” stemmed from the fact that household appliances may often be linked to bank details – for example fridges which can automatically order shopping online when it is required.

He also explained that, as most modern televisions and computers are fitted with cameras, there is concern that criminals might even be able to spy on people in their own homes.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/internet-things-will-leave-home-gadgets-vulnerable-hacks-senior/

I thought this was going to be a 'No shit, Sherlock' article, cobbled together on a slow news day. But it's a bit more informative than that and seems a response to the proposed electricity shake-up.

Think I can manage without my fridge and toaster connected to the Internet of Unsecure Things.


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Re: Hack a home with IoT
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 @ 14:44:36 »
Not especially relevant to IoT but internet security generally: recently released Met police cybercrime videos and there's more short vids via www.getsafeonline.org/video

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Re: Hack a home with IoT
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday, 25 July, 2017 @ 17:59:38 »
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Home gadgets open to hackers
...he also explained that, as most modern televisions and computers are fitted with cameras, there is concern that criminals might even be able to spy on people in their own homes...

And not only "criminals" - don't forget, in order for Alexa and Echo to jump at your command, they're listening to absolutely every bloody thing you say!!

"sorry mum, can you say you bank details again, I didn't quite hear you"