Though the thought of your fridge being hacked for anything more than a midnight snack seems bizarre, the growing trend of manufacturing appliances with internet connectivity means that consumers are at risk of a new kind of cyber attack.
A survey by network security company Forntinet reveals that as "the internet of things" - everyday appliances that are able to connect to the internet - grows, so do security concerns.
Fridges, TVs, and lighting and sound systems that can all be controlled from a smartphone outside the home are becoming increasingly popular.
"The battle for the internet of things has begun," said
The survey involved nearly 2000 respondents and found that 40% of them were "extremely concerned" about the possibility of data-security breaches.
Asked what they would do if they discovered that a device was secretly collecting data about them and sharing it with others, 83% of those surveyed said they would feel "completely violated".
Earlier this year,
More than 100,000 consumer gadgets, ranging from home network routers to televisions - and at least one fridge - were hacked and used to send over 750,000 malicious emails.
Source: The Times
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