Sh!tty Security

As we move into the age of the Internet of Things, expect to see more and more stories like this one, where a luxury toilet firm here in Japan have developed a Android-app controlled 'smart toilet'. The problem? All the toilets are hardcoded to a PIN of 0000 -- allowing anyone with the app (in bluetooth range) to control the toilet.

While the actual benefits of a Android-app controlled toilet escape me at present (and the impact of an attack is admittedly pretty minor), the poor security in the execution is unfortunately all too common. Today it's a toilet, tomorrow implanted medical devices (actually that is also today...).

The toilet pales in comparison to the Smart TV Hacking [pdf] research from Korea. Which is extra creepy if you're watching your smart TVon your smart toilet...

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