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Domestic Abusers Are Increasingly Weaponising Smart Home Tech

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Irene Diaz
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The rising popularity of smart home technology has given rise to something dangerous: internet-connected abuse.

A new report from the New York Times reveals a disturbing trend in which smart home technology is being used as a tool for domestic abuse.

While it’s not a revelation that connected devices can be exploited by bad actors, the inflamed use of this tech as a vehicle for psychological warfare and surveillance in abusive relationships is deeply unsettling.

According to the Times report published on Saturday, domestic abusers are using the likes of internet-connected thermostats, doorbells, speakers, lights, and other smart home devices to establish their power or harass their partners.

One woman alleged that her air conditioning turned off without her controlling it, another woman alleged her front door lock code frequently changed, and another alleged that her doorbell repeatedly rang when no one was there.

One woman told the Times that she resorted to pulling her smart thermostat out of the wall.

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