Home Office: Cyber Crims are Coming After Your Thermostat

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The Home Office is warning individuals to be wary of installing ‘smart infrastructure systems’ such as internet controlled central-heating and lighting, in case they are compromised by cyber criminals. In a paper released today called Internet of things: potential risk of crime and how to prevent it, the Home Office claim that malicious attacks on these types of ‘smart’ household technology could leave people vulnerable to fraud, theft and could even endanger their personal safety.

The warnings come as part of the government’s recent obsession with the “Internet of Things”, the much hyped theory that everyone’s electronic devices will soon be connected to and controlled over the internet.

Damn hackers, messing with the thermostat again…

 




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