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Unpatched Security Flaws Open Connected Vacuum to Takeover

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A connected, robotic vacuum cleaner has serious vulnerabilities that could allow remote hackers to view its video footage and launch denial of service attacks.

SAN FRANCISCO – Researchers have discovered several high-severity vulnerabilities in a connected vacuum cleaner. The security holes could give remote attackers the capability to launch an array of attacks – from a denial of service (DoS) attack that renders the vacuum unusable, to viewing private home footage through the vacuum’s embedded camera.

“The most severe vulnerability allows attackers to access any video stream from any Trifo device across the world,” Erez Yalon, director of security research with Checkmarx, told Threatpost. “Through this vulnerability, every single user – whether in a home or office setting as shown in our PoC video – is at risk of a hacker obtaining a live video feed. Needless to say, this represents a total loss of privacy.”




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