Smart Thermostats Can Now be Injected with Ransomware

Imagine waking up in the morning, only to find it extremely hot, you go check your thermostat, and it’s locked to 99°. And to unlock it, you need to pay in bitcoins. If you know what ransomware is, you probably know how dangerous it can be. Ransomware is a type of malware that hacks a certain device, locking up all your files and asking for a payment, which is known for usually being in bitcoins.

Ken Munro, and Andrew Tierney have actually demonstrated this a DefCon security conference, in Las Vegas.