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How hacker attacks can create problems

Numerous ingenious devices help automate our homes and make our lives easier, but at the same time they can pose a serious security risk

Technology enthusiasts who have a bunch of smart devices in their homes could find themselves at serious risk of hacking attacks. In the developed world, the average home has more than 10 different interconnected devices, which includes: smart TVs, thermostats connected via Wi-Fi, smart speakers, light bulbs with voice control and a bunch of other things.

But while these ingenious devices help automate our homes and make our lives easier, they can also pose a security risk, a new study has shown.

A study of the potential risks in modern homes in the UK, which reconstructed a home with smart devices connected to the internet, including Smart TV, wireless security cameras and networked printers, found that a typical home setting was “bombed” with 1,017 scans or hacking attempts from around the world only during the first week of the experiment.

Worse, the number of scans increased as more and more people tried to determine what was connected to the internet in the fake house and whether there was any chance of breaking into the devices. In the busiest week, the number rose to 12,807 scans or hacking attempts. Although there were 2,435 attempts to maliciously report devices.

Fortunately, the security protections that came with the devices managed to block most of these attempts. The areas from which the threats came were America, Russia, India, China and the Netherlands. The most common threat was trying to find unprotected devices and then using weak default passwords to access.

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