Security researchers from Check Point have discovered a security flaw called “HomeHack”

A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices

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A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices

 

A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices. Security researchers from Check Point have discovered a security flaw called “HomeHack” in LG SmartThinQ smart home devices that enabled them to hijack internet-connected devices like refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, air conditioners, dryers, and washing machines made by LG. A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices.

Hackers would have been able to log into LG users’ SmartThinQ® home devices accounts and take remote control of the devices that are connected to the account. The HomeHack vulnerability existing in the login process of the user signing into their account on the LG SmartThinQ app.

A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices

According to Check Point:
First, the attacker needs to recompile the LG application on the client side, in order to bypass security protections. This enables the traffic between the appliance and the LG server to be intercepted. Then, the would-be attacker creates a fake LG account to initiate the login process. By manipulating the login process and entering the victim’s email address instead of their own, it was possible to hack into the victim’s account and take control of all LG SmartThinQ devices owned by the user.

More than 400,000 LG Hom-Bot robotic vacuum cleaners have been sold in the first half of 2016. As more and smarter devices are being used in the home, attackers will begin to shift their focus from targeting specific devices, to hacking the apps that control networks of devices. This will give cybercriminals more chances to exploit software vulnerabilities, cause confusion in users’ homes and access their private data.

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LG Electronics Inc.  is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeouido-dongSeoulSouth Korea, and is part of the LG Group, employing 82,000 people working in 119 local subsidiaries worldwide.[2] With 2014 global sales of USD 55.91 billion (KRW 59.04 trillion), LG comprises four business units: Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, and Vehicle Components, with Starion India as its main production vendor for refrigeration and washing machines in the Indian sub-continent. The CEO of LG Electronics is Bon-joon Koo, who assumed the role of vice chairman of LG Electronics on 1 October 2010. In 2011, LG Electronics was the world’s second-largest television manufacturer. A vulnerability enabled attackers to Hack LG smart devices.

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