Vulnerabilities in IoT: Hacking the Nest

hacking the nestThere’s a good article in PC Magazine from noted computer curmudgeon John C. Dvorak about the future of Internet of Things (IoT) and its inherent security issues. Dvorak notes that the real problem with home automation and IoT is that currently these devices are so easily hacked, leading to huge problems. He even goes after the Nest thermostat, the current poster child for the IoT revolution that was recently bought by Google. Dvorak describes hacking the Nest:

The real problem with all this Nest malarkey will come once these systems are on the net—the so-called “Internet of things.” Once they start getting hacked there will be no stopping it. Nobody will be bothering to update the devices to block unwanted access—until they come home in the middle of summer with all the heaters on full blast, the lights flashing on and off, and the coffee pot on fire.

We agree. Until someone takes charge of all of the security for these devices, this is our future.

Coincidentally, the group at GTVHacker has just announced that they’ve successfully hacked a Nest thermostat so that it will run any code that they like.They’ve provided documentation on how their exploit works, and have even shared a video that shows what they can do.


All of these things simply show the importance of the security of your devices. IoT devices are especially at risk because they’re it’s so difficult to determine when they’ve been compromised. That’s one of the reasons why we created RouterCheck.