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Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON

Hackers Demonstrated First Ransomware for #IoT Thermostats at @DEFCON  #SmartHome #Security

  • Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON
  • Oh goody, a hacker could crank up the temperature of a smart thermostat to a sweltering 99 degrees and leave the IoT device like that until its owner pays a ransom to regain control.
  • The researchers found that the thermostat didn’t really check what kind of files it was running and executing.
  • This first ransomware locked the temperate at 99 degrees until the owner paid a ransom to obtain a PIN which would unlock it.
  • As Tierney pointed out, if people were so inclined, they could purchase previously owned IoT thermostats. “

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@NearableTech: “Hackers Demonstrated First Ransomware for #IoT Thermostats at @DEFCON #SmartHome #Security”


Ransomware-infected smart thermostats, it’s no longer hypothetical. An attacker could crank up the heat and lock the IoT device until a ransom was paid to unlock it.


Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON

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