The luxury Japanese Satis toilet uses an app to control functions such as flushing, bidet spray, music and fragrance release... but it looks as though some cheeky hackers may have thrown a spanner in the (water) works
It’s big in Japan, but could it be an app too far?
Manufacturers of a luxury toilet that’s controlled by an android app have been left scratching their, err, heads after it emerged that a malfunction with the hardware means it is vulnerable to attack.
The all-singing-all-dancing Satis ‘smart toilet’ from Japanese firm Lixil will set you back a hefty $5,686 (£3,821… talk about flushing good money down the drain) and is controlled by an Android app called My Satis.
But IT security firm Trustwave has warned the company that a fault with the pin code for the toilet models may leave unsuspecting customers getting a bit more than they bargained for when they spend a penny.
The remotely operated loo uses Bluetooth technology to transmit instructions to the unit, but an issue with the pin code means that anyone who downloads the My Satis app can theoretically activate any of the toilet’s, erm, functions.
Sneaky seat closing and flash flushing could be just some of the stinky tactics used by potty pranksters intent on causing maximum chaos.
Although, due to the limited range of Bluetooth, potential toilet hijackers would have to be fairly close to the scene of the crime.
The Trustwave report said: ‘An attacker could simply download the My Satis application and use it to cause a toilet to repeatedly flush, raising the water usage and therefore utility cost to its owner.’
Security expert Graham Cluley told the BBC: ‘It’s easy to see how a practical joker might be able to trick his neibhbours into thinking his toilet is possessed as it squirts water and blows warm air unexpectedly on their intended victim. But it’s hard to imagine how serious, hardened cybercriminals would be interested in this security hole.’
Well, in for a penny, in for a pound…