Beware the fridge? Hackers targeting ‘smart’ home appliances

Security researchers have discovered the first broad Internet-of-Things cyberattack, targeting household gadgets and appliances, including at least one refrigerator.

Proofpoint, a vendor that offers data protection services, said Thursday it had uncovered an unprecedented hack that encompassed “more than 750,000 malicious email communications coming from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, connected multi-media centers, televisions and at least one refrigerator that had been compromised and used as a platform to launch attacks.”

The large-scale attack is believed to be the first home appliance “botnet,” or a group of computers secretly operated by hackers. And as shown by the tech giant Google’s recent purchase of Nest – maker of “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms that can be controlled via the internet – more and more home devices and products will get individual computer chips and online connections, a phenomenon also known as the Internet-of-Things.

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