Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

2/1/2019
01:45 PM
50%
50%

Nest Hack Leaves Homeowner Sleepless in Chicago

A Chicago-area family's smart home controls were compromised in a hack that has left them feeling vulnerable in their own home.

A deep voice in a baby's room and a thermostat set to a tropical temperature were the first signs a Chicago-area homeowner had that there were problems with the home's IoT devices. When the voice followed the family into the living room, "… my blood truthfully ran cold…" the man reported.

The family's two Nest thermostats and 16 Nest cameras had been hacked by unknown threat actors. According to Google, the breach occurred because of duplicated passwords stolen from other online sites. The homeowner told a local television station that the family wasn't aware that two-factor authentication was a possibility for a Nest account. He says that the family hasn't slept well in the days since the breach and now wants to return the smart thermostats and cameras, and be reimbursed.

According to a Google statement provided to the television station reporting the breach, "We take security in the home extremely seriously, and we're actively introducing features that will reject compromised passwords, allow customers to monitor access to their accounts and track external entities that abuse credentials."

For more, read here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
WarnR
50%
50%
WarnR,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/5/2019 | 10:07:15 AM
Troubling Comments
Tho I agree the home owner should and does bare some reasonability on this issue, I do find the comments troubling. Customers, like any user in a company, relies on the Computer & Security experts to guide them. If a user in a company is not trained about not sharing passwords, or leaving a computer unlocked due to no training, is it the user's fault or the Training team for not having the mandatory training?

A few questions come to my mind reading this - was the home owner informed that they information had become compromised? That they needed to change their passwords? Is there updated announcements regarding training of new features? Do users understand or even know that systems are not 100% secure no matter what?

The comments I had read have a touch of arrogance. Being in the computer and security field we understand these things. Not all users do. If you go to a Doc for a health issue, should the doc talk down to you or make comments about how you should have known something?  
blodgettcalvin
50%
50%
blodgettcalvin,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/4/2019 | 11:24:26 AM
Not secure
This situation once again shows that modern technologies, such as the Internet of Things, do not fully provide people with complete safety
mattsweet
50%
50%
mattsweet,
User Rank: Strategist
2/4/2019 | 10:39:31 AM
Subject needs to be changed
This was not a hack of Nest. This was typical enduser behavior. Google should have stated while they sympathize with the user, the user needs to be better educated to the harsh reality IoT can be and how to be responsible.

I do feel for the homeowners, though. I would be freaked out myself.
RyanSepe
0%
100%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
2/4/2019 | 9:16:12 AM
Re: Very misleading title
I concur with @hhendrickson274 assessment. The fault lies with the user. I also find it interesting that even though Google did nothing wrong, they had to take the PC route with that statement. It baffles me that even in a scenario like this, a titan like Google needs to release a statement such as to try to save face from the court of public opinion. 
ameerz
50%
50%
ameerz,
User Rank: Apprentice
2/4/2019 | 7:07:19 AM
Re: Very misleading title
is this just a fad article??

what supporting views r shared??
hhendrickson274
100%
0%
hhendrickson274,
User Rank: Strategist
2/3/2019 | 4:08:02 PM
Very misleading title
This was not a hack of Nest at all. This was user stupidity by refusing passwords across sites/services. I especially like how the user feels it is Googles fault and they should get their money back. Please change the title, unless you meant it to be click-bait. What happened is a very real consequence of users not taking their part in information security seriously, but it was not a hack based on the limited information presented in the article. This sort of sensationalism doesnt serve to improve the state of affairs, it just perpetuates FUD.
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 4/7/2020
The Coronavirus & Cybersecurity: 3 Areas of Exploitation
Robert R. Ackerman Jr., Founder & Managing Director, Allegis Capital,  4/7/2020
'Unkillable' Android Malware App Continues to Infect Devices Worldwide
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  4/8/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
6 Emerging Cyber Threats That Enterprises Face in 2020
This Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at six emerging cyber threats that enterprises could face in 2020. Download your copy today!
Flash Poll
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
State of Cybersecurity Incident Response
Data breaches and regulations have forced organizations to pay closer attention to the security incident response function. However, security leaders may be overestimating their ability to detect and respond to security incidents. Read this report to find out more.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-1633
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-09
Due to a new NDP proxy feature for EVPN leaf nodes introduced in Junos OS 17.4, crafted NDPv6 packets could transit a Junos device configured as a Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) and reach the EVPN leaf node, causing a stale MAC address entry. This could cause legitimate traffic to be discarded, le...
CVE-2020-8834
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-09
KVM in the Linux kernel on Power8 processors has a conflicting use of HSTATE_HOST_R1 to store r1 state in kvmppc_hv_entry plus in kvmppc__tm, leading to a stack corruption. Because of this, an attacker with the ability run code in kernel space of a guest VM can cause the host kernel to...
CVE-2020-11668
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-09
In the Linux kernel before 5.6.1, drivers/media/usb/gspca/xirlink_cit.c (aka the Xirlink camera USB driver) mishandles invalid descriptors, aka CID-a246b4d54770.
CVE-2020-8961
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-09
An issue was discovered in Avira Free-Antivirus before 15.0.2004.1825. The Self-Protection feature does not prohibit a write operation from an external process. Thus, code injection can be used to turn off this feature. After that, one can construct an event that will modify a file at a specific loc...
CVE-2020-7922
PUBLISHED: 2020-04-09
X.509 certificates generated by the MongoDB Enterprise Kubernetes Operator may allow an attacker with access to the Kubernetes cluster improper access to MongoDB instances. Customers who do not use X.509 authentication, and those who do not use the Operator to generate their X.509 certificates are u...