According to a Mercury News report it all started on a lazy Sunday afternoon – when they all of a sudden heard an emergency broadcast from the living room. It apparently warned the family against three North Korean intercontinental missiles. Their targets: Los Angeles, Chicago, and Ohio.
“It sounded completely legit, and it was loud and got our attention right off the bat. … It was five minutes of sheer terror and another 30 minutes trying to figure out what was going on,” the family told Mercury News.
After spending several minutes in a completely panicked state – their 8-year-old son even crawled under a rug – they started calling 911 and Nest. It took some time, but they finally figured out that there was actually no attack at all, at least not from North Korea. It seemed though like they were targeted by hackers.
If you think that it was Nest that got hacked or that someone brute forced their way into the family’s device, you are sorely mistaken. It was case of plain and simple password reuse: The same password was used for several accounts of which one was apparently breached at one point.
The above example is the perfect example as to why you should never ever reuse your password: If you ever did you should change it immediately by following the below security tips:
If you have trouble coming up with a good, strong, and complex enough password you can always use a good Password Manager to help you out.