Monday, September 19, 2016

Internet of Things: Still A Work In Progress Edition

From Forbes:
The smart home is supposed to make our lives safer and more efficient, but it’s clear the technology still has a long way to go.  
According to Reddit post by user “sportingkcmo,” he had his house equipped with an August Smart Lock, a Bluetooth-enabled door lock that users operate using their phone, as well as Apple's HomeKit, which enables users to interact with smart home gadgets using Siri. According to his post, the user had set up his iPad Pro in the living room to connect to the lock through HomeKit. 
Unfortunately, the setup opened up a huge security hole that serves as lesson of how smart home technology can backfire: His neighbor, who was coming by to borrow some flour, was able to let himself in by shouting, “Hey Siri, unlock the front door.”...