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EZ-Wave: Z-Wave hacking tool capable of breaking bulbs and abusing Z-Wave devices

Discussion in 'Network World' started by RSS, Jan 19, 2016.

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    The synopsis for Breaking Bulbs Briskly by Bogus Broadcasts mentions the promise of smart energy and building automation as well as the many unintended vulnerabilities that are introduced in the rush to bring IoT devices to market. The researchers believe “the ability to physically damage hardware by abusing network access is particularly interesting;” I agree.

    Frustrated by the “lack of functionality in current Z-Wave hacking tools,” ShmooCon presenters Joseph Hall and Ben Ramsey created and released a new, open source EZ-Wave tool. Not only did the duo discuss how to use the tool for pen-testing Z-Wave wireless automation networks, they also discussed “a rapid process for destroying florescent lights.” They added, “Once access is gained to an automated lighting system, regardless of the protocol used, we demonstrate how to destroy florescent lamps rated for 30K hours within a single night of abuse.”

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