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Monday, January 5, 2015

'Smart homes' are vulnerable, say hackers

Manufacturers are rushing to connect everyday objects around the house to the Internet so people can do things like control them with smartphones. It's already possible to remotely turn lights off and on or put them on a timer. Motion detectors can be connected to alarms, windows can text you when they're opened, thermometers will know when you're home or away and adjust the temperature accordingly. You can see a live stream of security cameras in your house from halfway around the world using mobile apps.

There's even an oven that can be controlled with an Android app.

These devices are commercially available now and they're making the smart home of the future a reality, but researchers warn that security for these devices isn't being taken seriously enough by manufacturers or the people buying them.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/02/tech/innovation/hackable-homes/

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