From Not a smart home Division
As usual, a “smart” home isn’t always that smart, and dumb technology is often the best option. This is certainly true in the smart lock world, where studies have shown time and time again that many of the major smart lock brands are easily hacked. The same has reportedly been proven to apply to most other “smart” devices, whether they are smart refrigerators, smart TVs or even smart Barbies.
You might think that “smart” systems focused on security would be better, but really not. Consumer Reports recently took a look at the top ten modern home security systems, and found that half of them can be hacked relatively easily by hackers. Most modern security systems are DIY systems that include a central hub, then a different door, window, and other sensors that you can purchase split. But Consumer Reports has found that five major brands can be jammed relatively easily so that an alarm never goes off when an intruder enters your home:
“In a series of new tests, Consumer Reports found that five common home security systems are relatively easy to use. This means that a thief can use a laptop computer and a portable radio frequency (RF) transceiver to block signals from the door/window or motion sensors and enter the home. Without setting off the alarm. It should be noted that any wireless device can be jammed, but there are methods and techniques that make it difficult to turn it off.”
Of course a hacker capable of hacking needs to know what kind of alarm system they’re trying to jam, which is why it’s a good idea not to advertise what kind of alarm system you’re using via those handy signs or pegs in the yard (which some people may feel used as a substitute for A real alarm system anyway). While such signs can be deterrent, they also announce vulnerabilities that a hacker should target.
Consumer Reports for the systems said to be relatively easy to jam are the Abode Iota All-In-One Kit, Cove Home Security System, Eufy 5-Piece Home Alarm Kit, Ring Alarm Security (2nd Generation), SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3 – 01. Two of these systems, Cove and Eufy, have also been found to be vulnerable to restarting disarm signal attacks, where the attacker captures and records the disarm signal from a keychain and later broadcasts it to disarm the security system. Not all of these weaknesses are fatal. Some discover jamming, but do so too late. Others can have sensors jammed, but still register intruders.
However, when Consumer Reports reached out to the five companies to see if they would fix the confusion issue, only one said it would. Most downplayed the threat as particularly unlikely in the real world:
“In order to jam a device, one would have to implement a very precise protocol with devices specifically tuned and configured for that purpose,” Gomez-Caceres says. “And even if successful, thanks to SimpliSafe’s built-in detection, customers are alerted, and cameras are queued up. to record and capture evidence, during attempts at jamming”.
However, it’s another example that dumb technology (like getting a dog and dead nails) can be a more reliable supplement, if not an outright alternative.
Filed Under: Smart Homes, vulnlerabilities
Companies: Consumer Reports