A string of high-profile hacking attacks on major companies such as Target has put cybersecurity back in the spotlight. But the next online attack may be aimed at your living room rather than the boardroom.
As the "Internet of things"—the online network where appliances and machines communicate with one another—develops, devices, such as the smart thermostat or locks that can be opened via your smartphone, are becoming more and more popular.
But as appliances and devices in our houses get more connected, the door opens for hackers in your home, experts warn.
"If I look at my home as a bubble, the threat opportunity increases with every hole I put in the bubble and if I'm wearing wearable technology or have video surveillance system linked via the Internet for example, I have all these points of access and that is power for people wanting to steal personal information," Earl Perkins, research analyst at Gartner, told CNBC in a phone interview.
Fridges under attack
Connected devices are in their infancy, yet this has not stopped attackers from already finding a way to hack them. Last month, security provider Proofpoint said it had uncovered what may be the first proven Internet of things-based cyberattack involving conventional household smart appliances.