LG’s New Range of Smart Home Appliances Could be a Hackers’ Playground

LG recently announced that they are launching a range of smart home appliances which will “deliver a unique user experience, adding even more value to our customers’ lives.”

The new devices are a refrigerator, washing machine and an oven; all of which can be remotely accessed via a smartphone. The features include:

  • The ability to view images of the inside of the fridge to see what needs restocking.
  • The fridge can suggest recipes based on users’ health requirements.
  • Turn oven on remotely.
  • Start, end and check up on a washing machine cycle.

While these features may be somewhat useful, they also open up a new world of fun for blackhat hackers. I’ll agree that there isn’t much damage these appliances can cause, but they can create some problems for the user if they are accessed by an outsider.

For example, the oven could be turned on when not needed, wasting electricity. The same applies to the washing machine. If attackers are feeling extra nasty, it may be possible for them to fiddle with the suggested recipes, causing a user to gain weight while under the impression that they are being healthy.

The last point may be a touch melodramatic, but you can never guess what might motivate a hacker accessing your fridge.

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