Smart Homes Are Low-Hanging Fruit
"Low-hanging fruit" is sometimes used in a security context to describe those targets that appeal to the bad guys, simply because they are so readily attacked; why struggle with something more secure, when the pickings are much easier elsewhere? Smart Homes are one of those.
Repeatedly, studies have revealed that devices designed to automate the home have serious vulnerabilities. Many devices have weak password policies and do not protect against man-in-the-middle attacks, according to an HP survey of 10 off-the-shelf home security systems. Others do not prevent access to the device’s debugging interface, which could allow easy hacking of the device, according to an April study by code-security firm Veracode.PC World has some quick tips to make things a bit tougher for those who would access your residential digital devices for nefarious purposes.