Hacker Uses Nest Camera to Broadcast Hoax Nuke Alert

Hacker Uses Nest Camera to Broadcast Hoax Nuke Alert | #TpromoCom #Camera #IoT #Hacker | Nest urged owners of its security cameras Tuesday to use enhanced authentication to thwart hackers, after one terrified a family with a hoax nuclear missile attack.

A couple living in a California town near San Francisco told local media they experienced “sheer terror” over the weekend when a Nest security camera atop their family’s television issued a realistic-sounding warning of missiles heading to the United States from North Korea.

The couple and their frightened child eventually figured out they had been targeted by a hacker who got control of speakers built into the camera, which is equipped for two-way conversations.

Nest, which is owned by Google-parent Alphabet, told AFP that incidents of commandeered camera control in recent months were the result of hackers using passwords stolen from other online venues.

“Nest was not breached,” Google said in a statement.

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