'Smart' homes open doors to hackers
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AFP) - Smart homes that let residents control alarms, locks and more over the internet are opening doors for crooks with hacker skills, according to computer security specialists.
"The smart home trend is growing, and it evolves quickly into a story of security," Trustwave managing consultant Daniel Crowley told AFP.
"Connecting things to a network opens up a whole range of vectors of attack, and when you are talking door locks, garage doors, and alarm controls it gets scary." Mr Crowley and Trustwave colleague David Bryan found security "pretty poor" on the home networking devices they studied.
"If someone can access your home network, but doesn't have a key to your home, they can still unlock your door and get in," Mr Crowley said of what he found in gear on the market.