One smart plug isn’t so bright when it comes to security
Smart sockets that let you control an electrical plug over the internet may sound cutting edge, but they can also be rife with security flaws.
One such plug was found vulnerable to hacks. Security firm Bitdefender said that it could steal user email logins from the device, control it over the Internet, and potentially use the socket to launch other malware attacks.
“This is a serious vulnerability, we could see botnets made up of these power outlets,” Alexandru Balan, chief security researcher at Bitdefender, said in a Thursday blog post.