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Vulnerable smart home IoT sockets let hackers access your email account

  • The device requests the credentials to the user’s home network and then registers to vendor servers through UDP messages containing the device name, model, and MAC address.
  • To set up the device, users must plug it in, download the accompanying Android or iOS app, and then go through the installation process.
  • The researchers note that attackers could use the device to perform attacks on other devices connected to the same local network.
  • If an attacker knows the MAC address of the device and the default credentials, they can gain control of the device, plundering all of the user information stored within — which includes the user’s email credentials if the alert feature is enabled.
  • Researchers have discovered critical security flaws in connected smart plugs which can give attackers access to a full home network — as well as your email account.

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The smart plug can act as a conduit not just for electricity — but for cyberattacks.


Vulnerable smart home IoT sockets let hackers access your email account