Your smart air conditioner could contribute to mass power outages

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In March, the US blamed Russia for attacks on the power grid. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI called it a multi-stage effort by “Russian government cyber actors” who targeted small facilities’ networks with malware, spear-phishing and remote access into energy sector networks.
Nation states using sophisticated cyber weaponry to attack: it’s like a Hollywood plot. In fact, experts believe that the 2015 and 2016 Ukraine power outages were the work of cyberattackers, and that they were a dress rehearsal for doing the same to the US.
But perhaps Russia or other hostile nation states aren’t the threats we should be worried about – we should be more concerned about attacks from our air conditioners.

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