It was a Sunday afternoon when Laura Lyons and her family were enjoying a nice time with each other in the living room. The hackers accessed their surveillance cameras, and heard of Civil defense warning messages that ballistic missiles were on their way from North Korea to the United States. It was sheer 5 minutes of terror stated by MERCURY NEWS
The voice was coming from a Nest security camera in the living room. The message also included that three cities will be hit by the missiles i.e. Ohio, Los Angeles and Chicago. It also included that the POTUS Donald Trump has been moved to a secured facility. “It warned that the United States had retaliated against Pyongyang and that people in the affected areas had three hours to evacuate,” The family got worried and tried to make sense of things because it sounded completely legit.
It was the most frightening 5 minutes for Laura’s family. The family also stated my child was hiding under a living room rug that “are the missiles coming”?
It was after some time that the family understood that it was a prank played by someone because no news stations were sharing any supposed threat.
Then after a while the Lyonses found out that the sound was coming from their Nest home security camera that was kept on top of the television.
Nest is owned by Google. When google was contacted on this issue by Mercury news they stated that NEST systems were not breached
“These recent reports are based on customers using compromised passwords (exposed through breaches on other websites). In nearly all cases, two-factor verification eliminates this type of the security risk,” Nest said in an email statement to the Mercury News. The firm said it is “actively introducing features” that will reject compromised passwords, allow customers to monitor access to their accounts and track external entities that abuse credentials.
The family also said that we did not know that the Nest camera had a mic and a speaker installed in it. The Nest camera was installed for security purposes a few years ago, she said.
The Lyonses said also, “They have a responsibility to let customers know if that is happening,” she said. “I want to let other people know this can happen to them.”
The Nest representatives gave a statement to the Washington Post stating “they urged all customers to use strong passwords and two-factor verification to prevent such incidents” The same step the Lyonses took after the hack.
Nest told the Post that it was preventing customers to use passwords that appeared on a compromised lists. The Mercury news made note of a breach took place which comprised approximately 773 million emails and 21 million passwords
If you visit the website haveibeenpwned put your email address in it. It will tell you if your password was compromised or not.