NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — “It’s a rite of passage. Usually these personal types of devices that are connected to the internet are the first stages for an attacker to build themselves up and then next attack a corporation,” said Michelle Syc, a Senior Cyber Security analyst with Farmington-based ADNET.
“If I get a cell phone. I can get anything about someone who owned it, where they were, bank account information, any passwords to sites they have every visited,” she said.
Also vulnerable, smart TV’s, baby monitors, refrigerators and even stoves. “Could you imagine if someone hacked into your stove and turned it on when you are on vacation that wouldn’t be too good.”
Cybersecurity experts say hackers are even going after your car’s bluetooth. “You could do anything in the car-pin the accelerator, stop the brakes-anything that’s connected to Bluetooth technology.”
Fred Hect learned about cyber security the hard way. He lost 54-thousand dollars. “There is always an element of doubt and your information is out there and someone has it,” he said.
Someone, broke into Nex Ruiz’s cell phone and used his personal information to rent a car for a week. “I won’t enter any more information on my cell phone especially on the wallet section. It is very scary absolutely.”
The problem? cyber security is so far behind. Experts offer these tips to protect yourself:
1. When in doubt delete it
2. Scan devices for viruses
3. Update your operating systems