Your home automation things are a security nightmare

It's not just home broadband routers that have hopeless security: according to security outfit Veracode, cloudy home automation outfits also need to hang their collective heads in shame.

With nothing but standard by-the-manual configurations and network traffic capture – but with no attacks against the devices or the cloud services – the testers reckon they turned up a variety of vulnerabilities in kit from Chamberlain Group, SmartThings, Ubi and Wink.

It seems that if you're the kind of uber-lazy gadget-fan who can't imagine pressing a button to do something voice control is possible, you're matched by uber-lazy device developers. Versacode found that all but one of the devices it tested failed even its non-hostile vulnerability tests.

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