I have written about the vulnerability of home networks and the Network of Things HERE
Now we have some supporting evidence that these networks can be hacked and used for criminal purposes. The Business Insider has the story HERE.
In this case, hackers broke into more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets, such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions, and at least one refrigerator, Proofpoint says. They then used those objects to send more than 750,000 malicious emails to enterprises and individuals worldwide.
In the press release, Proofpoint explains:
The hack happened between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014, and featured waves of malicious email, typically sent in bursts of 100,000, three times per day, targeting enterprises and individuals worldwide.
About three-quarters of the emails were sent by regular computers, but the rest, slightly more than one-quarter, were sent by hacked home appliances.
Hackers didn’t have to be amazingly smart when breaking into home appliances. Many times they gained access because the home owners didn’t set them up correctly, or used the default password that came with the device.
Most homes are not yet a part of the Internet of Things, and looks like hackers will already be there to greet them when they arrive.
Your new refrigerator will come with the network chip build in. When you turn it on, it will start look for other devices to connect with in your home, including your smart meter which is connected to a much larger network. It may be connected to the Internet via your cable or DSL connection, providing a gateway to your refrigerator and all the other appliances in your home.
Feeling real comfortable about the Network of Things? Have you made sure all your network devices have a unique password, or are they still using the default?