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HSB “home hacker lab” spotlights consumer cyber risks

Ethical hacker shows how cyber criminals attack home computers and devices

How safe is your home Internet connection? It’s easier than you may think for cyber thieves to take control of your electronic devices and even home appliances. At a recent “Home Hacker Lab” event presented by HSB, an ethical hacker revealed how cyber criminals work — and what consumers can do to protect their personal information and privacy.

It’s easier than you may think

The workshop in New York City mounted a remote cyber-attack on an Internet-connected model home in Ohio. The event demonstrated in real time how hackers choose their targets, enter a system, and the harm they can do once they infiltrate a home communications network.

Watch our video to learn more about the risk of home cyber attacks.

Hackers exploit common security flaws

“Hackers are exploiting common security flaws and using them to breach home networks, computers, IoT and mobile devices,” said Eric Cernak, vice president and cyber practice leader for Munich Re. “Once cyber criminals have access, they can steal personal and financial information, hold computer files for ransom, and hijack anything from webcams and thermostats to smart TVs.”

We need to think more about home cyber defense

The Home Hacker Lab was presented by HSB and featured Jerry Irvine, chief information officer of Prescient Solutions, a Chicago-based IT outsourcing firm, and member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Cybersecurity Leadership Council. The demonstration for homeowners and media was designed to help educate and provide home cyber defense ideas for consumers.

IoT smart devices increase cyber exposures

Key takeaways for homeowners included:

  • Most attacks happen via traditional means, through home Wi-Fi systems, emails and computer browsers.
  • Hackers are quickly finding new entry points through smart Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
  • Roughly 80 percent of consumers report using a home network connected to the Internet. One in ten consumers have experienced a cyberattack via their connected home systems.

Tips to help protect your home data security

Download this PDF document for tips to help secure your home data network and devices from hackers and cyber criminals.

HSB offers the industry’s first personal lines cyber coverage

Insurance is also an important part of managing today’s cyber risks.

HSB’s Home Cyber Protection™ is a new coverage you can add to your homeowners policies. Our program offers a suite of cyber coverages and services for computer attacks, cyber extortion, online fraud and the breach of personal information on smart phones, computers and connected home devices.

It’s easy to add to your homeowners policies

Contact your HSB representative to learn more about including HSB Home Cyber Protection™ coverage with your personal lines insurance offerings.

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HSB “home hacker lab” spotlights consumer cyber risks