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Submission + - Turning the Belkin WeMo into a deathtrap (hackaday.com)

Okian Warrior writes: As a followup to yesterday's article detailing 50 Million Potentially Vulnerable To UPnP Flaws, this video shows getting root access on a Belkin WeMo remote controlled wifi outlet. As the discussion notes, remotely turning someone's lamp on or off is not a big deal, but controlling a [dry] coffeepot or space heater might be dangerous. The attached discussion also points out that rapidly cycling something with a large inrush current (such as a motor) could damage the unit and possibly cause a fire.
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Turning the Belkin WeMo into a deathtrap

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Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.

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