Antivirus firm warns of cyberattacks on home appliances

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AFP

© AFP/File | Internet security became a hot topic when a ransomware attack hit more than 300,000 computers worldwide, affecting the likes of Britain’s National Health Service, US package delivery giant FedEx and Germany’s Deutsche Bahn rail network

PRAGUE (AFP) – 

Avast, the company behind the leading antivirus software, warned Thursday against attacks on home appliances connected to the internet, calling hackers targeting home routers a major threat to consumers.

“It’s a trivial thing to do and there’s nothing the user can do to fix it, other than to throw the router away and put in a new router,” Avast chief executive Vincent Steckler told reporters.

Avast chief technology officer Ondrej Vlcek said that more and more people were using internet-enabled appliances which he described as “a total nightmare when it comes to security”.

Vulnerable appliances include TV sets, audio systems, coffee machines and toys, according to the Prague-based company…

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