Thieves Can Hack Your Home Security System

Thieves Can Hack Your Home Security System

We’ve blogged at length about cyber security and all the ways hackers can break into your networks, computers, emails, etc. We’ve even mentioned the Internet of Things and how it has extended the digital business field by creating new efficiencies and revenue sources. 

However, more recently, there has been an increase in potential hacking surfaces like thermostats, toasters, and refrigerators in your home. But, what’s even more dangerous is the threat that lies with devices that aren’t on the Internet: wireless home alarms.

The Threats With Wireless Home Alarms

While home security alarm systems are effective deterrents to burglary in most cases, in the age of online hacking, wireless home alarms can be easily overtaken. Hackers have the ability to either suppress the alarms or create multiple false alarms that would render them unreliable. While the hacker would have to be relatively close to the door in order to pull off a breach, it is simple due to the radio frequency signals that are sent between the doors and windows. Researchers have found that the vulnerability lies within the systems failure to encrypt or authenticate the signals being sent from sensor to control panel. This makes it easier for someone to intercept the data, decode commands, and then play it back to the control panel however they want. 

Combat Home Security Breaches

While some alarms use anti-jamming software to prevent someone from blocking signals or gaining access to the control panel, hackers can “call an audible” and are still able to get around it. On the other hand, systems could be made more secure by using codes that constantly change so that it is more difficult for hackers to gain access. Installing firmware is another way to protect your home from being breached. 

Carson Inc. Combats Cyber Threats

Don’t sacrifice your security for convenience. Carson Inc. has been helping its customers fight the battle against cyber threats for more than 22 years. Our team consists of Information Assurance (IA) experts with advanced degrees and technical certifications, including CISSP, CISA, LPT, GWASP, and ISO 27001. Our staff has in-depth knowledge of IT security statutory and regulatory guidance. For more information email marketing@carsoninc.com or call (301) 656-4565.

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