One of the problems posed by the connected home is the amount of devices that connect to our WiFi network. This means more likely to hack one of these elements to get access to our home. Said and done, they have shown that some connected bulbs are unreliable.
context Security has explained how it can compromise the security of LIFX bulbs to obtain the password of a WiFi network and, by extension, be able to turn on and turn it off at will. Bad news for the future of the connected home.
Make the light (and your WiFi password)
This company explains how they have done so: first attempt to register on the network as if they were a new bulb. This makes that permits to obtain the password for the WiFi connection is enabled. Already know the rest of the story: someone who we have not given permission can now access the network.
Of course there is no fall into sensationally and although a smart light bulb safety is violated, there are other many more models on the market and these failures, normally, they can be solved with an update. However, I think that the discovery of Context Security is quite interesting face to consider what we can expect from the connected home.
He is spoken much that for home automation to succeed their integration has to be easy to install and does not require spending much money. This must now be added the fact that It must be safe. Already not because someone engages to turn on us and we turn off the lights but more committed to the security elements.
Consider for example the accessories which sells Dropcam: webcams connected so that we will see what is happening at home. They also have sensors that detect when a door is opened. If these two elements, stress that they are only examples, they were hacked, they may facilitate a robbery.
We hope that this case concerned something timely and does not become a bigger problem. To draw our WiFi password to use our connection can have a pass. To do so to manipulate some elements of our House without our permission may be a problem