Can your vacuum or car become a virus target

This is something that has been in the news a lot the past two years. Are every day products becoming a target for malware infection do to their networking capabilities? For years we have heard about the fully integrated home. Where every appliance and household item communicates with one another. The integrated nirvana. Where everything in the house can be controlled from the click of a mouse or a tap on a touch screen. The question that has been asked time and again. Is will this integration come with a price? Are these new devices a security risk? Could a hacker take over your car, cell phone or everything running in your home? A new thread in a security forum is asking these same exact questions. I'll post my reply to that thread below.

I've actually talked about this with several different products. I did a write up when this story first came out. But never got back to covering it further once some new details started to emerge. When the new Dyson vacuums came out with phone in support. Where the vacuum can communicate over the phone with it's maker. I brought up the idea that this could in fact be a way for your home vacuum to become infected.

While in some ways these comments are far fetched. They are coming closer to reality than fantasy. As technology is further developed into every day products. There will be a risk that these products can become infected.

The idea of everything being networked. Is being realized on a daily basis. We've seen cell phone malware. And since these advanced cell phones can interact with certain car components. It's not unreasonable to think that an infection could take place sometime in the near future. Maybe not as likely as some of us think. But it's something that needs to be looked into. As we continue to integrate technology into every day products.

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