Samsung’s Smart Home Vulnerabilities Give Keys to Hackers
Gareth Andrews / 3 years ago
Connected technology makes life easier for everyone, being able to talk to friends from your watch or call your car to drive up and pick you up from the side of the road. The disadvantage of all this connected technology is that it leaves you open to those who want to maliciously attack you, hackers. This is especially true when you are dealing with hackers targeting smart homes, and Samsung’s Smart Home is literally giving keys to hackers thanks to one of many vulnerabilities.
One of the several exploits that were displayed by the University of Michigan, the smart home that featured connected electronics locks ovens and security systems was exposed and enabled hackers to conduct remote attacks from around the world to bypass and disabling the locks on your front door.
Unlike many security issues, the flaws were created by the very way that Samsung designed their smart home technology, with two design flaws leading to a difficult to fix the problem that could expose door locks and security systems to the wide world.
The security flaw allows apps to gain security permissions that were never requested, giving the research team the ability to remotely add new pin codes to the digital locks. With connected systems becoming more and more integral to our lives, security threats are always risks we can’t afford to take especially when we are dealing with them in our homes.