Smart LED light bulbs Hacked

Jane Wakefield writes on the BBC web site that Security Experts have been able to hack into smart network enabled LED light bulbs and switch them on and off remotely:

Michael Jordon, research director at Context, explained how he was able to obtain the wi-fi username and password of the household the lights were connected to.

“We bought some light bulbs and examined how they talked to each other and saw that one of the messages was about the username and password,” he told the BBC.

“By posing as a new bulb joining the network we were able to get that information,” he added. “We were able to steal credentials for the wireless network, which in turn meant we could control the lights.”

Although the vulnerability has now been fixed,  it does highlight the potential security and privacy issues associated with the “Internet of Things“.