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Author Topic: 10 Things You Didn't Know Could Be Hacked | Home & Auto Security | Traffic Safet  (Read 2147 times)

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Forget computers and smartphones -- did you that cars can also be hacked? So can medical implants, baby monitors, garage-door openers, Bluetooth headsets, traffic lights and your front door. Here's how it happens, and how you can protect yourself when gadgets go wild.


Connected devices, from telephones to cars, bring convenience into our daily lives. But they can also introduce new forms of vulnerability — perhaps more than you may think. Here are 10 everyday items that may leave you open to hackers. Click "next" to proceed.


1. Kid-Tracking Devices: There are several tiny GPS devices now on the market designed to help parents keep track of their kids, either by hiding the gadgets in the family car or tossing them into a backpack. Unfortunately, many of these devices don't have all the security features they should. For example, researchers have demonstrated how to hack into Zoombaks, one common brand of GPS tracking device, to follow Zoombak users. (Zoombak has since patched the software that allowed this.)

2. Cars: As more cars become connected to smartphones and wireless data networks, they present new challenges for automakers and new opportunities for crooks. A Nissan Leaf owner, for example, recently discovered that he could track a car's position and speed using a simple Web-based data-feed program. Researchers at iSec Partners have demonstrated how cars with OnStar-like remote start and unlock features that rely on cellular networks can be broken into using a laptop and a technique known as "war texting."

3. Landline Voicemail: The phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. should remind us how easily most cellular carrier's voicemail systems can be accessed. Unfortunately, landline number voicemail systems work the same way. Many providers use a common set of dial-in numbers for voicemail, and many users leave the default password in place or chose a password that's easy to remember — and easy to hack — such as a birthday or a pet's name. If yours is still on the default password, change it.

4. Old Baby Monitors: That second-hand baby monitor may not be such a bargain after all. Security experts used to make a habit of demonstrating how they could tap  into the video and audio feeds of numerous nanny cams while driving through suburban neighborhoods. New models use channel-hopping or Wi-Fi connections to defeat such simple eavesdropping.

5. Portable Game Players: Some older consumer electronics devices, such as the original Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite, will only work with the older, insecure WEP encryption standard in order to access a Wi-Fi network. (All Wi-Fi users should be using the WPA standard instead.) Check around your house — that hand-me-down game player may be offering hackers an open door to your network.

6. Hands-Free Bluetooth Car Kits: Bluetooth is ubiquitous among headsets, and a hands-free headset is a good way for drivers to stay within the law in many states. However, Finland-based Codenomicon Defensics, a security testing firm, warns that Bluetooth devices are easily hacked. Users also often leave phones and other devices vulnerable by failing to change the default device-pairing passwords (such as "0000" or "1234"); be sure to change yours.

7. Your Front Door: Electronic keypads and wireless remote security systems were once only for businesses. Now there are innumerable home electronic security systems, such as Schlage Link, but if they aren't installed correctly, they can make your home more vulnerable to technically adept thieves. Hackers can lift the code, for example, from a stolen smartphone or intercept the wireless signal when you open the door so that they can return later and empty your house. Prevention tip: Make sure you use a strong password to secure your phone, and that any wireless lock system is set to use the strongest encryption setting.

8. Medical Implants: A researcher at this past summer's Black Hat hacker convention in Las Vegas demonstrated how he could hack into the wireless signals put out by automatic insulin pumps implanted into human bodies. Three years ago, another team discovered how to turn off a pacemaker by remote control, and companies are now developing wearable "shields" to prevent hacker-induced heart attacks.

9. Garage Door Openers: Don't ever leave the door to your garage unlocked. There are dozens of videos on YouTube showing how to hack garage door openers. Some methods use wires, others simply run through common garage-door codes using smartphones. Poof! Your garage door's open, and anyone can just walk in.

10. Traffic Lights: Believe or not, you can make a red light change to green. Police, fire and emergency vehicles have infrared transmitters that communicate with receivers on traffic lights to do just that. Home versions of such transmitters can be built with a little technical know-how, but federal law forbids their unauthorized use.
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Baby Monitors ???




Nice post mate.  :thumbsup:

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yup,
really interesting things for everyone! A great post!
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I'm old man but still alive as well :)

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I hope you have read the related link´s in the post that describe the problem and how the use the hacking. The lik is not the common ads in this site so read them also.

Samker
If you read the link that is privide for the baby monitors hacking part then you understand the thret. It's more thret than you know. Special even if someone want to take your baby for some reason or just to spy on what happen inside a home.
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Every thing open and every thing closed.
Every thing else is more or less complex.

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If you read the link that is privide for the baby monitors hacking part then you understand the thret. It's more thret than you know. Special even if someone want to take your baby for some reason or just to spy on what happen inside a home.

Yes I read them (again) carefully, as I said it's very interesting "concept":

"The potential problem lies in the open and unlicensed radio frequencies that baby monitors use. Your device's signal could be picked up by the receiver of a stranger's video monitor, giving that person a live video feed of your room while the transmitter is on. "


 

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