Flaw Allows Hackers to Spy with Robot Vacuum

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| – October 26, 2017

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A flaw discovered by security researchers would have allowed hackers to take control of numerous LG smart devices including a camera-equipped robot vacuum.

According to security firm Check Point, who reported the flaw to LG last July, the attack was enabled by a vulnerability in the authentication process between the SmartThinQ mobile app and LG’s servers.

Dubbed HomeHack, the security bug also affected LG’s internet-connected air conditioners, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators and washing machines.

“The HomeHack vulnerability could have allowed attackers to stop your refrigerator from working, turn on your oven, access the video camera on your robotic vacuum cleaner and turn the device into a spy in your home, or even turn your kitchen into a paddling pool by flooding your dishwasher,” Check Point notes.

In a video demonstrating the hack, the camera on an LG Hom-Bot robot vacuum cleaner is activated, permitting the attacker to spy on numerous targets undetected.

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