Hammacher’s DIY Lighting Control Screams, ‘Come Hack Me!’
Hammacher Schlemmer IoT lighting controller opens ports to hackers.
For $150 you get the tiniest configuration/control hub with one very ugly wall dimmer and one on/off appliance module.
I assume they communicate via Wi-Fi (Internet of Things) because the base station communicates with the devices “through a home’s existing wireless network.”
Here’s the goofy part: “Requires wireless router with port forwarding enabled for accessing system devices via the Internet while away from home.”
First, how many consumers who buy a cheap little lighting control know what port forwarding is?
Second, for those who do know what it is, how many know that port forwarding is the surest way to get your whole home hacked? Not just your light switches but everything connected to the home network?
Next headline: Millions of consumers hacked through Hammacher lighting control.
UPDATE: Who of my network-savvy friends would like to chime in? My response was: Then it gets complicated, possibly expensive, but I’ll ask my smart friends for the best alternative for a DIY product.
@juliejacobson @Hammacher Very interested in knowing the alternatives available if the vendor doesn’t want to maintain a ‘cloud server’