Advances in surveillance technology and the increased use of smart devices have created a perfect storm for cybercriminals looking to steal data, ransom users, or monitor their targets. This comes as a recent study, from a family law firm, also found that one in five spouses use spying equipment, including installing spyware on their partner’s phones.
Smart home devices have grown by 300% as people increasingly depend on devices that promise to make their homes safer and their lives easier.
It comes as software development firm BespokeSoftwareSolutions told Express.co.uk that one in five spouses use spying equipment such as tracking devices, dash cams and spyware on their partners’ cell phones before a divorce.
Alarmingly, a recent report by Which? revealed that a home with smart gadgets could be vulnerable to 12,000 hacking attacks in a single week.
The company has created a fake smart home and rolled out a range of real consumer devices, including TVs, thermostats, smart security systems and a smart kettle.
Investigations revealed a barrage of attempts by cybercriminals trying to break into devices.
At one point, the devices reached up to 14 hacking attempts per hour.
This confirmed that most devices were capable of repelling an assault, but a wireless camera was successfully targeted and a stranger attempted to spy on the house.
The company found that the vast majority of hacking attacks originated from Russia, China, India, the Netherlands, and the United States.
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Who? reveals ways to reduce the likelihood of hacker attacks on devices.
The company has warned consumers that a weak default password is the easiest way to hack a device. It therefore urges users to change any password that comes with the product.
Using two-factor authentication and installing all available security updates is also a good way to secure smart devices.
They warn consumers to beware of phishing messages they may receive, which may allow a hacker to completely compromise the device.