We will control the environmental

We told you you didn’t want your thermostat hooked up to the Internet:

One day, your thermostat will get hacked by some cybercriminal hundreds of miles away who will lock it with malware and demand a ransom to get it back to normal, leaving you literally in the cold until you pay up a few hundred dollars.

For example:

Pay 1 Bitcoin to get control back

This was not an actual attack, but a proof of concept:

Andrew Tierney and Ken Munro, the two security researchers who created the ransomware, actually have no ill intention. They just wanted to make a point: some Internet of Things devices fail to take simple security precautions, leaving users in danger.

“We don’t have any control over our devices, and don’t really know what they’re doing and how they’re doing it,” Tierney told Motherboard. “And if they start doing something you don’t understand, you don’t really have a way of dealing with it.”

They expect the manufacturer to implement a fix shortly.



  1. fillyjonk »

    8 August 2016 · 1:54 pm

    This is why many people have been saying that the “Internet of Things” is a bad idea, and I am inclined to agree.

    Glad my connectable thermostat (which I never bothered to link to my wifi) shorted out one day and now I have Stupid Thermostat 2.0 (it’s smarter than the “eyeballs” but not smart enough that it can be brainwashed by a hacker)

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  3. McG »

    8 August 2016 · 8:31 pm


    If mine get hijacked I’ll just replace them (post-patch); I like the wireless concept but these are neither patchable nor upgradeable. In fact they were obsolete when I got ’em.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, I know.

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