A leading security firm says some of the network-controlled automation systems that owners have opted to install in their properties are highly vulnerable to hacking and infiltration via the Internet.

Researchers from Chicago-based Trustwave say a number of network-controlled devices which have proven popular on the market are surprisingly easy to access, leaving their owners’ properties vulnerable to illicit entry by anyone with a modest amount of technical know-how. According to the Trustwave’s in-house experts, one of these products is…