[ALERT] Your Home Alarm System is Easily Hacked

When I learned what I’m about to tell you, I wanted to get this information to you right away.


Kim Zetter, one of the top cybercrime, privacy, and security reporters in the world, just broke a story indicating that many top-selling home alarm systems are insecure and unreliable.


In my opinion, they may be useless.


In “How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System,” published by Wired, Zetter reports:


Two researchers say that top-selling home alarm setups can be easily subverted to either suppress the alarms or create multiple false alarms that would render them unreliable. False alarms could be set off using a simple tool from up to 250 yards away, though disabling the alarm would require closer proximity of about 10 feet from the home.


“’An attacker can walk up to a front door and suppress the alarm as they open the door, do whatever they want within the home and then exfiltrate, and it’s like they were never there,’ says Logan Lamb, a security researcher at the Oak Ridge National Lab, who conducted his work independent of the government.”

After a bit more background on the types of systems they tested, the report states:


No matter what the brand or where they’re sold, the two researchers found identical problems: All the wireless alarm systems they examined rely on radio frequency signals sent between door and window sensors to a control system that triggers an alarm when any of these entryways are breached. The signals deploy any time a tagged window or door is opened, whether or not the alarm is enabled. But when enabled, the system will trip the alarm and also send a silent alert to the monitoring company, which contacts the occupants and/or the police. But the researchers found that the systems fail to encrypt or authenticate the signals being sent from sensors to control panels, making it easy for someone to intercept the data, decipher the commands, and play them back to control panels at will.”


Bottom line: Most home alarm systems are fairly easy to compromise and defeat.


What can you do? One of the researchers “points out that commercial-grade systems are likely more secure than the home systems they examined.”


I encourage you to read the entire article, “How Thieves Can Hack and Disable Your Home Alarm System,” and determine if your system may be at risk and whether it might be worth upgrading to a commercial system.

As always, you can email me at Chris@PatriotPrivacy.com

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Leave A Reply (7 comments so far)

  1. Paul
    3 years ago

    thanx for the tips Chris. God bless

  2. William Verner
    3 years ago

    My system is hardwired. Done when we built the house. I recommend this route whenever possible.

  3. Robert Spratlin
    2 years ago

    Great page and interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! bobspat

  4. Diana R Johns
    2 years ago

    I don’t have an alarm system. I have two dogs that bark until I am at the door. I look out the door and if I see someone I will answer the door, otherwise I check my front windows. I don’t usually see anyone or a vehicle in front of my house so I know that no one is there. My dogs do a good job for alerting me and I always check to see if someone is there.

  5. Wickie Smith
    2 years ago

    I live alone in an apartment with a dog who is my alarm. There is no way
    to turn her off until she recognizes the person. If I don’t recognize the person
    through the peep hole, I don’t open the door.

  6. James Boslough
    2 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I would hope that any company promoting and selling wireless systems would now encrypt the info being sent from sensors to control box. Otherwise, stay clear.

  7. Conni Judson
    1 year ago

    DEAR Chris

    Thank you SOO MUCH for your website and products!

    ALL of WHAT YOU write ABOUT has happened to me!!

    Including breaking into my ADT security system!

    ALL my accounts
    My irs
    My credit reports
    My toll
    My car insurance
    My 5 years of Citibank statements!
    My cap one credit card
    My APPLE cell phones!
    My hard drives!
    My 5 email accounts!

    On AND ON!!

    PLEASE call me?

    I need YOUR Wisdom and Guidance!!

    Thank YOU!!

    Conni Judson
    Corona Del Mar ca


    I am 52

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