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Smart lightbulbs could be a launchpad for cyberattacks

February 10, 2020 / Gigi Onag

Check Point Research last Friday revealed that smart lightbulbs and their control bridge could be used to exploit an IoT network to launch attacks on conventional computer networks in homes, businesses or even smart cities.

Researchers focused on the popular Philips Hue smart bulbs and bridge and identified the CVE-2020-6007 vulnerability that enabled it to infiltrate networks using a remote exploit in the Zigbee low-power protocol, which is used to control a wide range of IoT devices. The communication protocol is used for giving commands to the Philips Hue bulbs and receiving information from them.