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Smart Nest thermostat easily turned into spying device


Help Net Security - (International) An independent researcher and two researchers from the University of Central Florida presenting at the 2014 Black Hat conference demonstrated how Nest smart thermostats can be compromised quickly using a USB flash drive, potentially allowing attackers to obtain information on a victim's habits as well as network information such as WiFi credentials. Compromised thermostats could also be used to connect to the Internet and be used in a variety of malicious tasks.


Note: This news synopsis is taken from the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report, a daily [Monday through Friday, except US Federal holidays] summary of open-source published information concerning significant critical infrastructure issues; a 10-day archive of the DOSIR can be found at:

Last Updated: 27 May 2016 10:21:19