29 Sep '14, 8pm

Very Dumb Security For a WiFi Thermostat

Not much else beyond screwing with the temperature, but let’s say you go on vacation for a couple weeks and your disgruntled tech-saavy ex (or a random stranger, whatever) decides that your thermostat needs to be set to 97 for heat or 47 for a/c. Sure it wouldn’t bother you if you were home and noticed that your system was causing it to be warmer or cooler than normal. You could override the unit, and/or disconnect it from the internet if the problem recurred. But since you’re on vacation… well, that’s a pretty high utility bill you’re going to find yourself with upon your return. Beyond the cost, what about your pets? Or your plants? Or whatever else you have in your house that doesn’t do well in comparative temperature extremes. Based on how many folks live paycheck to paycheck, I’d wager that an unexpected utility bill in the thousands is going to be really problematic ...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/09/29/very-dumb-security-for-a-w...

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