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The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet 211

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from the reverse-the-flow dept.
NobleSavage writes "We all knew it was just a matter of time. With the rush to put more and more appliances on-line Japanese toilet-maker Satis, one of Japan's largest commode companies, has finally networked the toilet. Just as you would have predicted, the information security company Trustwave Holdings has published an advisory regarding Satis-brand toilets. 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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The Latest Security Vulnerability: Your Toilet

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  • obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by kcmastrpc (2818817) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:12PM (#44472637)
    oh shit!
  • "We all new" (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:16PM (#44472671)

    I stopped reading right there.

    • by ls671 (1122017)

      We're all new, it was just a matter of time.

      Here, fixed it.

      I am glad the new age finally begins.

    • by agm (467017)

      Indeed. Are any articles reviewed before being posted? It would appear not - either that or neither the poster nor the reviewer can speak the good England.

  • Kernel Dump (Score:4, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:16PM (#44472677)

    Brings new meaning to "Kernel Dump"

  • The NSA (Score:5, Funny)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:24PM (#44472733)

    The NSA reports it just upgraded the terror alert level to brown after receiving numerous reports that people are using single-ply and not washing their hands after. Remain calm, citizen. The NSA is not in your toilet. Only metadata on your toilet habits are being collected. Remember, a courtesy flush isn't just patriotic, It's The Law(tm).

    • Just like the infamous Reverse Cowgirl episode of South Park where the TSA took over the toilets: south-park-new-episode-takes-tsa-toilet-seat-gender-war-video-425858 That could happen too... Remember to wear your safety belt.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:36PM (#44472829)

    If people can get their heads out of the gutter for a moment, this is really the kind of news that has a higher impact than believed. One could rack up quite a water bill for a unliked neighbor, and kids will have no end to the fun of flushing other's toliets, again leading to fresh water waste. There isn't as much fresh water as people would like to have, and on an island like Japan, I'd imagine that such waste would be felt quite dearly.

    • If people can get their heads out of the gutter for a moment ...

      If you can't see the humor in a hacked toilet, you're either too stuck up to be tolerable, or too humorless to remain sane.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Dragonslicer (991472)

        If you can't see the humor in a hacked toilet, you're either too stuck up to be tolerable...

        So you're saying they might be a bit anal retentive?

        • by Lithdren (605362)

          If they could retain that which comes analy we wouldn't be having this problem in the first place.

    • Japan gets between 20 and 45 inches of rain a year in most of the country, I don't think they're hurting for water, even if they are on an island.
  • As I recall the Romans networked toilets some time ago. Not sure whom they got the idea from, tho...
  • Revenge (Score:3, Funny)

    by Tablizer (95088) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:42PM (#44472871) Homepage Journal

    Suppressed, insulted, and downtrodden for thousands of years, excrement has finally found an ally in technology to enact both escape and revenge upon humanity, their former slave-masters. Poop will finally rule the Earth like it was meant to; no longer confined to tubes and toilets. Freedom awaits; time to raise a stink!

    • by Ol Olsoc (1175323)

      Poop will finally rule the Earth like it was meant to; no longer confined to tubes and toilets. Freedom awaits; time to raise a stink!

      Sure, but it will have to do it in excremental steps.

  • by CODiNE (27417) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:44PM (#44472883) Homepage

    Didn't expect the pin vulnerability. I thought it would be an overflow problem.

  • Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Cordus Mortain (3004429) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:51PM (#44472931)
    I mean really - why would you network a toilet?
    • by Nemyst (1383049)
      Can't you see how convenient this is with the Internet and all? If the tubes are clogged, now you can just flush your toilet.
    • I mean really - why would you network a toilet?

      It plays music. Also light controls, I guess.

    • it's basically an upgraded version of traditional Chinese physicians smelling the emperor's feces as a diagnostic tool

      chemical assays of one's urine and feces can test for many health concerns, monitor your diet, and if your medicines need to have their doses adjusted

      you'd sit on your toilet in the morning, and then get a message from your doctor saying there's elevated levels of marker in your urine and he wants you to come in the office to check something out

      that's the utopian vision anyways

      for the dystopian vision, check out all the other comments here

      • Umm... I'd prefer a home testing set that allows me to do it when I want it and report directly to my doc by going there.

        Now explain again the need for a networked toilet.

        • Umm... I'd prefer a home testing set that allows me to do it when I want it and report directly to my doc by going there.

          Now explain again the need for a networked toilet.

          Honestly, I wouldn't. I'd prefer something inbetween the two ideas... one that notifies me automatically when something is detected and asks if it should be reported to my doctor.

          Doing it manually is something that I just wouldn't do through a combination of laziness and forgetfulness. I'd most likely miss out on finding a disease in the early stages before it's symptomatic and is still easily treatable. One day, I'm going to die of something; but if it's something that "if caught earlier, would have bee

      • by TeknoHog (164938)

        you'd sit on your toilet in the morning, and then get a message from your doctor saying there's elevated levels of marker in your urine and he wants you to come in the office to check something out

        This is why I always pee in the sink - though it probably won't be long before the National Sewage Agency will be filtering and inspecting every packet in all of the tubes..

    • It looks to me as though it was developed by an engineering team with more imagination than common sense. And, I'm sorry to say, nobody took the time to tell them that there are some places where networking was not meant to go.
    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      It has a variety of functions for clean freaks and health monitoring. For example you can raise or lower the seat and remotely flush it from your smartphone. Some people don't like to touch the seat and prefer to flush before doing so to avoid any surprises. Some models can also weigh you when you sit on them or take a body fat reading.

      Japanese toilets are incredibly advanced. In comparison ours are barely better than a hole in the ground. They have a kind of swirl flushing mechanism that not only cleans th

    • by cc1984_ (1096355)

      I mean really - why would you network a toilet?

      Because a toilet with an air gap gets real messy real quick.

    • Well for one, when your local septic tank is full, you can upload your waste to the cloud!

  • App Control (Score:5, Funny)

    by FrankDrebin (238464) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @07:55PM (#44472961) Homepage
    I'm guessing the app involves pinching then swiping.
  • Wonder if Chuck Berry [clashmusic.com] has heard of this yet.
  • by j_presper_eckert (617907) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @08:20PM (#44473113)
    ...what kind of a society do we live in when not even our "IP" address is safe??? Time to re-check my chlorine-bleach-based firewall; you never know what nefarious trouble is in the pipeline.

    Oh God - stack overflow!
  • by walterbyrd (182728) on Sunday August 04, 2013 @08:21PM (#44473123)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE0sddhCIdE

  • Security is really taking a dump! No way do I want NSA bugs coming out of this toilet!

  • What possible reason could there be for a wireless-capable toilet?

    Of course, this is Japan who, as we all know, are into all sorts of weird shit.
  • I can't believe no one mentioned fiber. :p

  • If we're doing aggregator writeups it's been done better [inquisitr.com] by someone who actually found the original Trustwave alert [trustwave.com].
  • gets a new meaning (Japanese toilet seats are heated - someting i think of as very pleaseant).

  • by Gravis Zero (934156) on Monday August 05, 2013 @12:48AM (#44474459)

    but does it run linux?

    • by AmiMoJo (196126) *

      Quite possible, a lot of these devices run a small embedded Linux kernel on an ARM processor. On the other hand it might just be a Bluetooth UART connected to a microcontroller.

    • Dude, I'd already be happy if it does NOT run.

  • by MistrX (1566617)

    "You have just taken a massive dump, pee on the share button to post it on your Facebook wall."

  • The next step is to calculate the weight and density of the deposit and upload the data to the leaderboards so I won't have to keep doing it manually.
  • I log in to my toilet every day at 10:00....
  • According to this [bbc.co.uk] article, the app can cause the toilet to repeatedly flush,

    So is this a DDOS (Doody Denial of Service)?

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