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Can smart homes be hacked?

So you want a state-of-the-art abode with all the bells and whistles – but if you believe the tabloids, you might be opening yourself up to the risk of a cyber attack. Anna-Marie DeSouza investigates the security issues surrounding home technology
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In the analogue world, you’d know pretty quickly if there had been a security breach in your home; because you’d probably be greeted by the sight of a broken door or smashed window. It might be difficult to deal with the fall-out, but at least there’s a tell-tale sign of how to prevent a repeat. In the modern age, the mass popularity of smart home technology, social media and cloud-based data has opened up a new, more hidden threat. But how real is it?

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