“Tech Abuse” List Published Online
A “tech abuse” list which aims to provide help to victims of harassment using smart home devices was recently published online by a UK team including researchers from Privacy International and University College London.
Largely aimed at women, the list offers guidance to those who are being subjected to “technology-facilitated abuse”, like the remote altering of temperature controls or door locks to cause confusion and fear.
Security researcher Ken Munro explained that in some abuse cases, the only way to lock out a former partner’s access was to replace the gadget entirely. He advised that it was important to review smart home tech after the end of the relationship.