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UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs

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Consumers spent close to $8 billion on smart bulbs last year.

Researchers have found that security gaps in smart bulbs can expose consumers to hacks.

Credit: University of Texas at San Antonio

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) examined security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands, and found many of them could be prime targets for hackers.

Some smart bulbs connect to a home network without needed a smart home hub. If these same bulbs are also infrared-enabled, hackers can send commands via the infrared invisible light emanating from the bulbs to either steal data or spoof other connected Internet of Things devices on the home network.

Said UTSA's Murtuza Jadliwala, "These bulbs are now poised to become a much more attractive target for exploitatio,n even though they have very simple chips."

From University of Texas at San Antonio 
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