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Networked Freezers at Stores, Work Places at Hacking Risk: Report

Earlier this week, cameras from US-based manufacturer of smart home products Nest were also reported to have been taken over by hackers who were broadcasting potentially terrifying messages

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Using default passwords on internet-enabled temperature control systems has exposed freezers at grocery stores, hospitals and pharmaceutical firms to the risk of being hacked, the media reported.

Security researchers at Safety Detective found over 7,419 networked thermostats manufactured by Scotland-based electronics manufacturer Resource Data Management (RDM) to be suffering from the vulnerability, Engadget reported on Friday.

On hijacking these devices, the hackers are able to adjust temperatures, change alarms and obtain floor places of facilities where the freezers are located.

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The issue with RDM products comes from users failing to follow the necessary steps to secure their products.

“When approached by Safety Detective about the issue, RDM said the issue is related to the use of default passwords and users are encouraged to change them,” the report said.

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Earlier this week, cameras from US-based manufacturer of smart home products Nest were also reported to have been taken over by hackers who were broadcasting potentially terrifying messages. (IANS)

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Partial Government Shutdown Puts US at Significant Hacking Risk

Corporate data breaches impacted more than 1 billion Americans in 2018, said the report

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People rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown in Detroit, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. VOA

The partial US government shutdown has put sensitive departments at a significant hacking risk, cyber security experts have warned.

Accroding to a report in Fortune late Wednesday, the federal freeze has put the US at a significant risk for both short and long-term cyberattacks.

“We have laid out the welcome mat to any and all nefarious actors,” Mike O’Malley, Vice President of strategy at cloud defence firm Radware, was quoted as saying on CBS News.

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According to the experts, hacking can have serious impact on the Department of Homeland Security, the State Department and other intelligence agences that hold sensitive information.

Corporate data breaches impacted more than 1 billion Americans in 2018, said the report. (IANS)