Feb 182014
 February 18, 2014  Posted by  Breaches, Business

Eduard Kovacs reports:

Security researches from IOActive have identified a number of vulnerabilities in Belkin WeMo home automation devices that allow people to control their electronics from their mobile phones. More than half a million users are said to be impacted.

According to experts, the vulnerabilities can be exploited not only to perform malicious firmware updates, but also to remotely monitor and hijack the devices. Furthermore, the security holes can be leveraged to gain access to local networks.

Once they have access to the local network, the attackers can target laptops, mobile phones and other devices.


IOActive says the vulnerabilities have been reported to CERT, which in turn has notified Belkin. However, the company “was unresponsive.”

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