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Cracking WiFi Passwords By Hacking into Smart Kettles

Hackers have come after your phone, your computer, and your car.
Now hackers are coming after your home refrigerators, Smart TVs, and eventually KETTLES.
Yes, your kettle turns out good for more than just heating up water or making coffee for you– they are potentially a good way for hackers to breach your wireless network.
Ken Munro, a security researcher at PenTest Partners, has managed to hack into an insecure iKettle, which was proclaimed “the world’s first WiFi kettle” by its developers, and stolen a home’s Wi-Fi password.
Besides boiling water, the iKettle can connect to a user’s home WiFi network. It also comes inbuilt with an Android and iOS app that allows the user to switch on the kettle and boil the water from other location.
However, the biggest security flaw resides in the Android iKettle app that keeps the kettle’s password as the default value. The iOS iKettle app sets a six-digit code, but that can still be broken.
This security vulnerability, according to the researcher, could allow hackers to crack the password of your home WiFi network to which the kettle is connected.

How to Hack WiFi Password via iKettle?

This forced the iKettle into dropping its current WiFi network and tricking the kettle into connecting to Munro’s unencrypted WiFi network.
What’s interesting?
The iKettle connected to the unencrypted WiFi network using the same name and password for the original encrypted WiFi network.
Once Munro hijacked the WIFi connection, he and his co-workers were able to convince the iKettle to give the key for the encrypted network by sending just two commands via Telnet.
The little kettle even handed Munro the encrypted key in plain text.
Munro along with his co-workers recently presented their research in London to show how Internet of Things (IoT) could be an easy target for hackers.
Hopefully, their work will encourage IoT companies to focus on securing their devices and remind consumers of connected devices to think twice before connecting another device to their networks.
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Pascal Eugene

Founder of ‘Geek The Net’. Cyber Security Analyst, Information Security Researcher, Developer and Part-Time Hacker.

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