How would you feel if a stranger could secretly watch you or your family through your home camera or even announce that your house will explode in the next 5 minutes? Can you imagine the sheer terror and hopelessness of such situation.
Only a few days ago, a California family were told that their home would be wiped out by North Korean missiles heading straight at the United States. However, in reality it was a simple camera hack. A cyber criminal sitting on the other side of the screen was watching them and told them to take shelter. The family immediately called 911 and discovered that they were safe. Scary as it sounds, this isn’t the first time Nest cameras were hacked to terrorize ordinary people. So let’s recap:
The attacks mentioned above sound scary and can happen to anyone who owns a security camera or a baby monitor (whether it’s a Nest cam or not). However, you don’t need a lot of technical knowledge to protect yourself from being the next victim. Here’s what you should do:
UPDATE (2/21): Google, which acquired Nest back in 2014, has forgotten to mention that Nest Secure home system has an inbuilt microphone. In early February this tech giant said that Nest Guard’s users will now be able to update the system and activate its Google Assistant. This announcement shocked Nest users as their device specifications never mentioned a microphone.
It appears that multiple Nest camera hacks have influenced people as they are becoming more vigilant and privacy-oriented. Google said that it was an error on their part and that the microphone isn’t turned on by default.
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