Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase this holiday season.
Smart bulbs are expected to be a popular purchase this holiday season. But could lighting your home open up your personal information to hackers?
Earlier this year Amazon’s Echo made global headlines when it was reported that consumers’ conversations were recorded and heard by thousands of employees.
Now researchers at UTSA have conducted a review of the security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands. According to the analysis, the next prime target could be that smart bulb that shoppers buy this coming holiday season.
“Your smart bulb could come equipped with infrared capabilities, and most users don’t know that the invisible wave spectrum can be controlled. You can misuse those lights,” said Murtuza Jadliwala, professor and director of the Security, Privacy, Trust and Ethics in Computing Research Lab in UTSA’s Department of Computer Science. “Any data can be stolen: texts or images. Anything that is stored in a computer.”
Read more at University of Texas at San Antonio
Image: UTSA researchers review the security gaps on smart bulbs exposing consumers to hacks. (Credit: UTSA)