The three we bought to find issues cannot be opened in this way. The one of those I opened has the pin in place.
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That's actually a lot of money for most IoT devices, where the entire cost of the device will typcially be less than £5. It's got a lot more power than you would ever need, as well.
That said, there have been Pi-based commercial products, such as the early revisions of this:
This really isn't the case though.
The PIC18F - which currently only support SSLv3 and below with weak ciphers - is ~£1.75 in bulk. An ARM Cortex-M3 that costs the same, has more functonality and more flash can support TLSv1.2 with good ciphers.
Time and time again I see people saying "but the hardware can't do it". It's perfectly possible to design your hardware to the same cost and have the functionality required.
Re: Wireless Alarms are toys
People really seem to be losing perspective of what an alarm is protecting you from...
You don't expect your front door to withstand a hydraulic breach tool, or your lock to withstand a drill for 30 minutes. That's because they have been designed to protect a normal domestic property, with a small value of goods inside. The attacker is a normal burglar.
The basic wireless alarms are designed to add a layer to that protection from those attackers. It isn't meant to protect you from advanced, knowledgeable criminals. If you want that protection, you buy a graded, wired, professionally installed alarm.
I can build a device that will disable a significant number of wireless alarms on the market in the UK. It costs about £12 to make. It took very little research (relatively) to work it out.
Never seen anyone else sell them - I've even tried asking on some of the forums that are used for trading ATM skimmers, fake chip&pin terminals etc. They just aren't made - criminals aren't currently interested in bypassing alarms on domestic properties.
Which would probably be why they said "it would be beyond the capability of most would-be burglars with access to no more than basic electronic tools like wire strippers, a multi-meter, and crocodile clips".
Are you arguing that most burglars would be capable of this? That would strongly go against the available evidence.
Burglary and car theft have very different risks and rewards, which you seem to have ignored in your analogy/comparison.
You can almost entirely work out the security system on a car just by the model and year. There is very little variation. Not possible with a home alarm. It's easy for criminals to identify and target cars like this.
Once you have bypassed the security system on most modern cars, that's it. You can open the door and start the engine. Not so with a house - bypass the alarm, and you still need to deal with physical security.
Most burglaries don't result in a good reward of a known value. You might get £500, you might get £5k. Lift a high-end car, and you will be looking at a lot more.
I don't think there are enough burglars with enough sense to carry out these attacks - certainly not against domestic properties with self-installed panels with no professional monitoring.
I've been asked to look into five cases now where a homeowner has suspected that the burglars had used advanced electronic bypass methods to get in. Whilst I could never say for sure, there was no evidence in any of these cases that anything untoward had happened.
There's a world of difference between casing high-end targets (which would have graded alarms) and most burglars working out how to bypass individual homes over the Internet.