Japanese Electronic Toilets Can Be Hacked

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Tue, Aug 6th, 2013 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic, the problem with putting computers in objects that never had them in the first place is that they can be hacked. Case in point, "it now appears possible to hack" high-tech toilets.

[...] not only does the commode sport a broad set of features standard in Nipponese toilets -- deodorizing capabilities, an automatic seat, a two nozzle bidet spray -- but also it can be controlled by an Android app.

A globalized, mobile-ready bidet for the app economy! Thomas Crapper smiles somewhere. The Satis seemed to symbolize a fit of defecation disruption as never before seen, such that Fast Company noted its arrival last December, asking "is [a toilet that can be controlled by a small computer which you sometimes hold next to your mouth] something that U.S. manufacturers should be looking at?"

Well, maybe, but they shouldn't take info-security lessons from Satis. According to Trustwave, every Satis toilet has the same hard-coded Bluetooth PIN, which means "any person using the 'My Satis' [Android] application can control any Satis toilet."

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