The smarter the home, the more online risks you face - San Francisco Chronicle
Also this year, cybercriminals hacked into the computer system of a hotel in the Austrian Alps that controlled the electronic key system. Guests, who had paid nearly $300 per night, were locked out of their rooms. The reservations system went down.
The hackers demanded $1,600 to return the hotel’s system to normal — a ransom the hotel paid. But in the end, it opted for a more permanent fix: It installed no-tech manual door locks and swapped out key cards for actual keys.
“My best advice is don’t be an early adopter of these (Internet of Things) devices,” Sager said. “And if you are, be sure to be aware and take steps to secure your network as best you can. Otherwise, keep your manual locks and your dumb refrigerator and let the market figure out what’s going on.”