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  (Source: Warner Bros.)
Satis toilets all have the same Bluetooth PIN and can be controlled by anyone using them

Many of today’s gadgets and appliances can be synced with a smartphone and hacked, so why not the toilet?
Yes, you read that right. Satis brand toilets have the ability to deoderize, rest, and play music through a smartphone app, but there’s just one issue – it can easily be hacked.
Trustwave Holdings, an information security company, recently published an advisory regarding the Satis toilets saying that each one has the same Bluetooth PIN – meaning that anyone with the “My Satis” Android app can control any Satis toilet.
It’s easy to see why this could be an issue. Imagine the temptation of sifting through the app and starting the bidet or air-dry function on a toilet that some unsuspecting person is using.
Toilets have received a lot of attention in the tech world recently. Last year, Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates launched the "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge" where he asked scientists, inventors, designers and students to change current toilet designs around the world in order to not only increase efficiency, but also provide alternatives to poor nations without access to water.

Source: The Atlantic

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By Ramtech on 8/5/2013 6:06:31 PM , Rating: 3
Needs facebook app and camera

RE: Lackluster
By retrospooty on 8/5/2013 6:14:44 PM , Rating: 2
"and camera"

OK, but NOT 3D ?

RE: Lackluster
By frobizzle on 8/6/2013 8:18:10 AM , Rating: 3
Might as well add that for the price they charge for this. Two models - one $4,212.00 and the other $5,686.00!

For those prices they ought to include a masseuse with every purchase!

RE: Lackluster
By Ramtech on 8/6/2013 11:37:04 AM , Rating: 2
Gives "money flushed down the toilet" new meaning

It's an obvious conclusion but...
By retrospooty on 8/5/2013 5:58:18 PM , Rating: 1
This whole thing is going down the shitter. :P

RE: It's an obvious conclusion but...
By jjmcubed on 8/5/2013 6:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry to be off topic, but are you using your F1 NBC app on a tablet or computer? Sorry to pry, but couldn't get it to work on Galaxy Tab 2. On our tablet the app doesn't even launch let alone let us get deeper into the application. Any hints you could give me would be great.

Thanks again Retro.

By retrospooty on 8/5/2013 7:11:30 PM , Rating: 2
I have never used it... Sorry.

not really hacking
By GulWestfale on 8/5/2013 9:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
the toilet itself has a hard-coded access code of '0000', which is the same for all units of that particular model. all you need is the app that controls it, and you can control all of them. it's like walking up to your neighbor's TV, and using your remote to change channels. it's a security flaw (although you'd have to be standing quite close to the actual toilet because of bluetooth, which limits access to indivuduals inside the same house), but this has nothing to do with hacking in any way.

RE: not really hacking
By bodar on 8/5/2013 11:42:59 PM , Rating: 3
Agreed, I'm not sure using a universal remote on your neighbor's TV counts as hacking. It's disappointing in a way, but seriously how much harm can you possibly do? All security is a trade-off vs usability and cost. Bidet harassment? Uh oh, better watch out. My prankster friend might clean my posterior or flush for me. The horror...

Smart Devices
By Schadenfroh on 8/5/2013 11:31:27 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was bad enough that I can't find a new, high-end "dumb" HDTV from any of the name brands (I hate "Smart TVs" because their software updates will likely cease quickly, run non-popular proprietary software, and/or introduce vulnerabilities into my home network), much prefer just connecting my Cyanogenmod Android phone via HDMI or a PS3... now we have SMART TOILETS with ALL the same issues as Smart TVs?

Only on a tech site...
By djc208 on 8/6/2013 7:18:08 AM , Rating: 2
Would a story about the lack of security on a bluetooth enabled toilet not have one comment about the fact that it's a bluetooth enabled toilet!

Nevermind, I just fixed that.

Seriously though, Bill Gates trying to "remake the toilet" for developing nations is a long way from this excuse to spend money.

In Soviet Russia...
By mmatis on 8/6/2013 8:10:36 AM , Rating: 2
toilet shi+s on you!

By ritualm on 8/5/2013 8:59:41 PM , Rating: 1

tl;dr = The aforementioned Android app has a hardcoded PIN of "0000".


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