If your toilet is so smart, how come I can hack it?


Stop me if this is too much information, but I’ve never sat on a toilet wishing it had Bluetooth. Perhaps I’ve been missing out — it seems a Japanese manufacturer called Lixil has a wirelessly-enabled toilet called the Satis, which comes with its own smartphone app.

This app is partly for recording the details of one’s stools (a new twist on the “quantified self” concept), but it can also be used to flush the toilet, operate the bidet and release deodorizer. Unfortunately, it turns out anyone with the My Satis app can use it to control any Satis toilet.

The flaw was found by security researchers at Trustwave SpiderLabs, who repeatedly and fruitlessly tried to contact Lixil about it before giving up and just going public late last week. According to Trustwave:

“Any person using the ‘My Satis’ application can control any Satis toilet. An attacker could simply download…

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