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The gadget that lets hackers spy on you in your home

The gadget that lets hackers spy on you in your home
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Once again, another addition to the Internet of Things has been revealed to have some massive security flaws. This time, though, it comes from a company based in the U.K.

Heatmiser, if the name didn't already give it away, develops "smart" thermostats. Similar to Next, Heatmiser units are supposed to detect when you are and aren't home.

Don't think the Internet of Things is dangerous? The biggest smart thermostat has already been hacked.

Here's the problem, though: Andrew Tierney, a security researcher with cybergibbons.com, did a cursory search on a hackers-only search engine. He searched for any of these thermostats that were unprotected and found more than 7,000.

Not only that, but the default username and password combination that comes with the thermostat is "admin/admin." If someone forgets to change their password, then, hackers could easily gain access with minimal effort.

Next page: So what happens after a hacker finds his way into your thermostat?
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