17 Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Could Be Hacked
More and more, common items we regularly use are becoming connected, making things more convenient not only for us, but for hackers, too. Here’s how to protect your home—and your family.
As was reported by Wired, researchers at the Beijing-based security firm Qihoo 360 were able to unlock and start cars using a pair of gadgets they created with just $22 worth of materials, making it ridiculously easy for a thief to steal your car. If you own one of these 10 cars, it is much more likely to get stolen.
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Former Green Beret Sgt. Major Karl Erickson says that he carries his phone in a signal-proof case. “From my experience in the military, I know how easy it is for a bad guy to slip next to you while you’re standing on line at Starbucks and, in just a few seconds, clone your phone and know everything on it, including the credit card number you’re using to buy that latte.”
Home Wi-Fi routers
It’s not hard to imagine how much damage can be done via a hacked router, says Andrew Newman, CEO and founder of Reason Software Company. “Wi-Fi can lead to Google account access or identify theft. Depending on how ‘smart’ your home is, it can pose a real danger, like disclosing information about your family’s activities, and granting physical access to your house or car.” Read all about the major Wi-Fi network that came under cyberattack.
You might not have a landline at home anymore, but many businesses still have them. And when a new employee starts, they typically are given a default password like 1234. And guess what? Most employees never change it. If you want to ensure no one is listening—or deleting—important messages, you’ll want to change your password ASAP. And be sure to look out for these phone scams that could steal your money.
According to a report on Hacker News, security researcher Jonathan Andersson revealed hardware he called Icarus, that could hijack drones mid-flight. While signal jamming devices are not new, Icarus is the first known hardware that allows the hacker to gain total control of the drone, including the ability to steal your pricey new toy.
Your fridge can be your worst enemy when it comes to your diet—and when it comes to security. As we’ve seen, any device or appliance in your home that is connected can be a gateway into your entire home. Consumer Reports shares that Samsung smart fridges were wired in a way that left users’ Google log-in credentials up for grabs. That’s why it’s more important than ever to memorize the 16 signs you’re about to be hacked.
As if the very idea of a car with no human driver isn’t scary enough, Damien Scott, the chief commercial officer at self-driving startup Renovo, told the Financial Times that self-driving cars could, indeed, turn into everyone’s worst nightmares. If these cars are hacked, it, “allows a malicious remote attacker, who can conceal their identity and location, to gain direct control over a compromised vehicle’s throttle, brake and steering.” In the same article, he noted the need for industry-wide efforts to make hacking autonomous vehicles impossible. Still feeling paranoid? These tips for not getting hacked will put you at ease.