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When Refrigerators Attack (Video)

In the first proven attack of its kind in history, a refrigerator has been used to hack into computers. The home appliance was used to send spam emails in a cyber-attack in December. From December 23rd through January 6th, smart home electronics were infected with botnet software, which connected the devices through the internet. The connections also scooped up the processing power of routers, televisions and multimedia centers. Evidence of the hacking was uncovered by the security firm Proofpoint. The groups stated that home appliances are often less secure than PC, tablets and other devices. This could make them a more common target for hackers as the next generation of devices becomes more popular.

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