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Research: Millions of smart devices vulnerable to hacking


December 9, 2020

Matt Rourke – AP file

An LED-illuminated wireless router in Philadelphia.

BOSTON - Researchers at a cybersecurity firm say they have identified vulnerabilities in software widely used by millions of connected devices - flaws that could be exploited by hackers to penetrate business and home computer networks and disrupt them.

There is no evidence of any intrusions that made use of these vulnerabilities. But their existence in data-communications software central to internet-connected devices prompted the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to flag the issue in an advisory.

Potentially affected devices from an estimated 150 manufacturers range from networked thermometers to "smart" plugs and printers to office routers and healthcare appliances to components of industrial control systems, the cybersecurity firm Forescout Technologies said in a report released Tuesday. Most affected are consumer devices including remote-controlled temperature sensors and cameras, it said.


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