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Friday, January 24, 2014

4 Ways to Keep Hackers Out of Your Refrigerator

By Jennings Brown 

The first major Internet of Things hack has been detected. PopMech talked to one of the men who discovered the cyber attack about how to protect yourself and your home.

Not even your refrigerator is safe from hackers. 

Between Dec. 23 and Jan. 6, Internet security firm Proofpoint discovered a cyber attack that delivered about 750,000 malicious emails. There's nothing unusual about that. What surprised the experts was what the hackers used—the messages were coming from inside the kitchen. 

"In the course of tracking down the source of these attacks we discovered many of the messages were not emanating from traditional PCs or servers," says David Knight, Proofpoint general manager of information security. "These were from embedded devices—home entertainment systems, home security, smart TVs, and a refrigerator." 

Read more: 4 Ways to Keep Hackers Out of Your Refrigerator - Popular Mechanics
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