Self-Propagating Smart Light Bulb Worm

November 10, 2016 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

Bruce Schneier links to an terrifying new research paper:

In particular, we developed and verified such an infection using the popular Philips Hue smart lamps as a platform. The worm spreads by jumping directly from one lamp to its neighbors, using only their built-in ZigBee wireless connectivity and their physical proximity. The attack can start by plugging in a single infected bulb anywhere in the city, and then catastrophically spread everywhere within minutes, enabling the attacker to turn all the city lights on or off, permanently brick them, or exploit them in a massive DDOS attack.

The future isn't looking so bright this week.