Hack That Ass Up: Pricey Smart Toilets Vulnerable to Attack

Hack That Ass Up: Pricey Smart Toilets Vulnerable to Attack

Getting hacked is a bummer and can leave you feeling violated, but we can only imagine what it's like to get hacked in the most sacred room of the house: the bathroom. For those who own a luxury Satis toilet controlled by an accompanying smartphone application, it's entirely possible to fall prey to a hacker attack while you're doing your business.

These toilets cost in the neighborhood of $5,700 and feature automatic flushing, bidet spray, music, and even a fragrance release. Unfortunately, it also features a hardware flaw that could allow remote hackers to activate any of the toilets.

Researchers at Trustwave's Spiderlabs first noticed the vulnerability, pointing out that the toilet uses Bluetooth to communicate with the smartphone app and that every model is hardwired to be four zeros. This allows anyone with the app to reset the toilet and activate it.

Smart Toilet

"As such, any person using the 'My Satis' application can control any Satis toilet," Trustwave explains. "An attacker could simply download the 'My Satis' application and use it to cause the toilet to repeatedly flush, raising the water usage and therefore utility cost to its owner."

An ornery attacker could also cause the toilet lid to unexpectedly open and close as well as activate the bidet or air-dry functions, "causing discomfort or distress to the users."

Since all this relies on Bluetooth technology, the attacker would have to be fairly close to pull off any of these stunts. That means the most likely scenario for these shenanigans would be that of a prankster, such as a brother messing around with this sister or vice versa.

Still, there's a lesson to be learned here. As more and more appliances become "smart," manufacturers will have to start paying special attention to security and any potential vulnerabilities.
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I can't believe there's a smartphone app to control a toilet...

If I ever have to update my toilet's firmware, I might just quit life.

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This would make for great comedy if you had remote control of the bidet.

Although I'm sure the victim wouldn't find it so funny.

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Ha! What would they do, flush it to freak you out? lol

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5700$ for a toilet...it better do more than auto flush and play some music! It would be hilarious to mess with someone by flushing the toilet and playing random music while they are sitting on it.

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Lord! What a laugh!

Hacking toilets would be such a pinnacle for someone to reach.

Hack my shoes next! LOL!

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Lesson, don't code the default security code into your app, most people will not ever change it anyway.  At least that is what I read on this one I believe they used 0000 as the default.. 

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Another good reason to get a Hand Bidet Sprayer! Besides costing far less and doing a better job cleaning it also means your butt will be safe from cyber-attack! See www.bathroomsprayers.com.

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Hand bidet sprayer? don't you mean a sink?

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My question is what is the point of being able to control your toilet remotely. I still haven't figured that one out.

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