Nest security system hacked to show fake nuclear attack alert: familyJanuary 25, 2019
A California family says their Nest home security system was hacked — and began blasting an emergency alert saying nuclear missiles from North Korea were headed toward the U.S.
The hoax alert last Sunday sent Laura Lyons, her husband and their 8-year-old son into a panic, she recounted to The Mercury News.
“It was five minutes of sheer terror and another 30 minutes trying to figure out what was going on,” Lyons said.
Their Nest security camera, “warned that the United States had retaliated against Pyongyang and that people in the affected areas had three hours to evacuate,” she said.
“It sounded completely legit, and it was loud and got our attention right off the bat.
But the family was also confused — since their television was continuing to air the NFC Championship football game– which would surely have been interrupted if the attack was legit.
After making calls to 911, and Nest, they found out they’d been the victims of “a third party hack.”
A spokesperson from Google — which owns Nest — told the paper that the Lyons’ were exposed because they were using “compromised passwords… exposed through breaches on other websites.”
Google recently reset all Nest accounts “where customers reused passwords that were previously exposed” and “is actively introducing features that will reject compromised passwords,” they said.
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