Smart Door Lock Sold by Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot Is Easy Pickings for Hackers

By B.N. Frank

All wireless aka “smart” devices are vulnerable to unwanted data collection, surveillance (see 1, 2, 3, 4) and hacking. Expert warnings about this are endless and now include a popular “Smart” door lock sold by many major retailers.

From Schneier:

Smart Lock Vulnerability

Yet another Internet-connected door lock is insecure:

Sold by retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, U-Tec’s $139.99 UltraLoq is marketed as a “secure and versatile smart deadbolt that offers keyless entry via your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and code.”

Users can share temporary codes and ‘Ekeys’ to friends and guests for scheduled access, but according to Tripwire researcher Craig Young, a hacker able to sniff out the device’s MAC address can help themselves to an access key, too.

UltraLoq eventually fixed the vulnerabilities, but not in a way that should give you any confidence that they know what they’re doing.

EDITED TO ADD (8/12): More.

Of course, there will be people who aren’t concerned about that. However, all wireless and “smart” devices also emit harmful sources of radiation. That may be cause for some alarm.

Activist Post reports regularly about unsafe technology. For more information, visit our archives.

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