By Michael Grunwald, The Washington Times A hacker who used the name “TheFurthest” is calling for a federal investigation into the security of smart home devices, including those that monitor user behavior.
The “The Furry” posted a video Wednesday on YouTube that detailed his method for hacking and disabling smart home systems, including the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights and Samsung SmartThings hub.
The video has attracted thousands of views since it was posted on YouTube late last month.
He claimed to have discovered a way to disable the smart home thermostats of up to 200,000 people in the United States and a number of other countries.
He also claimed that he could remotely access smart home sensors and control the devices remotely.
“I have a lot of work to do,” he said.
“Let’s get this done.”
The videos he posted Wednesday included an audio clip of the hacker saying that he can’t unlock the thermostatic switch of a smart home that controls lights.
“This is going to be the best thermostatically controlled house in the world,” he says.
The hacker then shows off a computer he says he hacked to “kill” the smart thermostators and lights of hundreds of thousands of people in China.
“You know, they have thermostaters that don’t work at all.
And they don’t do anything,” the hacker says in the video.
“And I have a way of killing the thermic control of a house with a simple click.”
He then says he has more than 200 million people in his hacking video who want to be in on the attack.
“We want to kill all of you.”
The hacker says he wants to kill everyone who “doesn’t understand that the smart thing that’s controlling everything is just a computer.”
The hacking video is the latest in a string of hacking videos by “The Furthest.”
He’s been known to target companies and celebrities.
He posted a short video in 2014 that appeared to show him wearing a wig, wearing a clown mask and wearing sunglasses.
He later posted another video that was edited to remove the clown mask.
A video posted by “Fur thest” on his YouTube channel earlier this month that showed him holding a gun and shouting at a young woman.
“If you think that I’m going to kill you, you’re in for a shock,” he tells her.
“Because I’m here to kill every one of you who doesn’t have a sense of honor.”
A few months ago, he posted a message on his Facebook page that read: “I’m the only one who knows how to control the thermo control of your home.”
A number of tech companies have since posted statements about the video, saying that the video is fake and that it was created by a user.
The United States Department of Homeland Security, which is the lead agency for investigating and prosecuting cybersecurity crimes, said in a statement Wednesday that the department was investigating the claim.
“Theft, cyberattacks and other intrusions are a growing threat to cybersecurity and the private sector, and we continue to work closely with the private and government sectors to investigate threats, identify solutions, and take necessary actions,” the department said.
In the video on YouTube, the hacker appears to be using a laptop computer, which he said he hacked from the Nest smart thermoreat, which has a microphone and a camera.
“How do you kill the Nest?” he asks.
“Just say the command and it will be shut down.”
The hackers claimed to be a former Navy SEAL who is now an intelligence analyst for a government agency.
The Department of Defense has not commented on the video and did not respond to a request for comment.