South Korea Boosts Cyber Security and Privacy Laws after Smart Device Nudes Leaked

South Korea is revisiting online security rules after a hacker attacked hundreds of smart home gadgets and sold personal video footage of residents on the dark web for bitcoin.

According to IT Chosun, a tech news website that disclosed the breach this month, thumbnail thumbnails of the video clips on the dark web featured sights of intimate family life, nude bodies, and sex scenes.

A reporter masquerading as a customer contacted the hacker, who stated in an encrypted email that it would pay 0.1 bitcoin (about $5,736) to acquire video access to a residence for 24 hours. The hacker allegedly provided the writer with a big list of apartments to pick from.

Smart home elements implemented in Korean apartments originated as intercom systems, but have now evolved to include broader applications. Many new apartments now have smart home technologies such as wall pad door locks, lights, heaters, freezers, laundry machines, and air conditioners that can be controlled remotely via smartphones.

In just one day, the student hackers opened the entrance to one residence and peered inside another via the camera set for video conversations between occupants. The kids could even switch on and off gas valves and lights, as well as modify the heating settings in their homes.

The Ministry of Science and Technology recommended households create unique passwords and update their home systems on a regular basis. Residents were also encouraged to physically cover cameras while they were not in use.

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