The ethical hacking team IBM, known as X-Force, did a survey of 2016 in a company that deals with real estate nationwide.
The IBM team attacked the internet firewall of one of the buildings supervised by the real estate management company and managed to access the building systems with relative ease.
"We could set the temperature, turn off the air conditioning, we might shut down the servers," said Chris Poulin, head of the X-Force research. "If someone malicious hacker she wanted it, she could do wrong in many ways. "
This scenario could take place. New sophisticated buildings are often targeted by hackers, while positioning devices such as GPS have experienced many attacks and violations.
2017 was also one such incident when a group of hacking attacked a hotel in Austria, freezing the system that generated the keys for visitors and asked ransom.
And just last year, a cyberattack leaked 500 information to millions of visitors to the Marriott Hotels chain, which was ranked as the second largest data breach in history.
Some companies dealing with real estate are not very good at protecting their data. Especially in recent years, this industry has many times been hacked, with approximately 11.300 attacks last year, amounting to almost 150 million dollars, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Andrei Barysevich, director of Internet-Recorded Future, said the majority of property owners fail to protect their data.
"Real estate companies rarely know how to protect the data they own," he said. "I guess most owners have zero experience in data security, beyond perhaps the implementation process."
Many security breaches in the real estate industry usually occur when someone in a company opens a phishing email added. "I have seen firsthand how poorly trained is the staff in this industry," said Barysevich.