Transcript for Are digital devices weapons of domestic violence?
GMA cover story shall leave those new concerns about Smart home technologies like thermostats blocks and lights being used. As tools of abuse it is a story we first spot in the New York Times it isn't aerial RSS is here. With more on this morning area in morning -- assists gave good morning everyone this is truly disturbing imagine your thermostat kicking up to 100 degrees. Music suddenly black singing your home. Your door unlocked remotely these are just some of the new ways experts say domestic abusers are terrorizing picked apps. Every day home objects are getting smarter by the minute but now a New York Times investigation is sounding the alarm on a disturbing new trend Smart tech being used to torment victims of domestic abuse. My views whose goal is to try to determine my mind apart bit. Quite a bit by bit and took away my spirit my livelihood. This woman who told us to refer to her as Martha chose to speak about her alleged abuse from her ex boyfriend under the condition of being shown in shadow. Her voice has also been altered. The intellectual fatigue is so difficult to conveyed not knowing which phoned to check voicemail from not knowing if my business accounts or private or not. Stories like Martha is are not uncommon according to briefed Patrick who runs a domestic violence program in Silicon Valley I had one lady whose smoke detectors had hidden cameras in them. Another lady had electronic out walks on her door and she was literally a prisoner in her own home. They can use these devices now to harass the other individual whether it's change in the temperature. If it's hot outside making sure that the air canisters now working or turning lights on and off for the TV change in the channel. To show how harassment like this can happen digital forensic expert Brian Hill drove a few miles from his home. And then tried to turn on the Smart lights in his living room with a click of a button. Turn lights on. From lights up hill who has worked with victims of domestic abuse in the past says there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your home. Plug into their accounts and reset their passports go logging into their wireless router and reset in that as well. And then manually reset in all of. The devices. And we reach out to the organization that represents the US wireless communications industry but did not hear back but Cecelia are forensic expert says there is one more very important thing you can do. Resent those security questions like what's your mother's maiden name to someone else's information so potential abuser can't answer this question so in valuable those tips aerial thank you.
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