Consumer Reports: DYI Security Systems Hack with RF Jamming
A few years back a YouTuber reported SS, and other DYI wireless systems, could be hacked with a garage door key fob for under $3. I did my own testing and found, as others, this was true but the intruder had to know the exact location of the sensor and the position of the base and put the key fob in direct line with it. For higher powered RF devices, however, it would work in larger areas, however SS would report the jamming activity.
Fast forward to today, and Consumer Reports has come out with the results of a recent study showing SS3, while vulnerable to this type of attack, will report the jamming to the owner. That's good, but here is what got me: ADT's wireless system prevented the jamming! For those that have been around in the forums for awhile know my dislike of ADT is very strong. Here's my question to Simplisafe: While you notify me of a jamming incident, why can't you stop the attempt in the first place like ADT? To be fair, SS was one of the few systems that could even detect and report the jamming, but c'mon, ADT can prevent it from being successful in the first place? Gauntlet thrown down SS, you have to address this.
Below is the link to a local TV station's report but I encourage you, if you have an account with Consumers Reports, read the original referenced article. In it they have a full response from SS:
Glenn Gomes-Casseres, vice president of product and design at SimpliSafe, points out that these attacks are difficult to pull off in the first place.
“In order to jam a device, one would have to perfectly execute a highly nuanced protocol with devices specifically tuned and configured for this purpose,” says Gomes-Casseres. “And even if successful, thanks to SimpliSafe’s built-in detection, customers are alerted, and cameras are queued to record and capture evidence, during jamming attempts.”
Mr. Gomes-Casseres, congrats on the detection feature, now how about matching or exceeding ADT and the other systems that resist this type of attack?