Are you vulnerable to toilet attack?

6 August 2013

You know what it’s like. You’re going for your morning evacuation and your luxury smart toilet starts flushing on its own. You wonder whether there’s a manufacturing problem. Then you realise it’s the work of your most hated business rival, who is flushing your toilet remotely using his Android app. He wants you to waste water! He’s trying to cause you discomfort by activating the bidet function up your jacksy! He’s closing the lid just as you sit down on it! Why I oughtta!


Well, this is an actual problem in real life, thanks to a design flaw in the Satis smart toilet, which retails for over $5000. Made in Japan by a company called Lixil, it can be controlled by Bluetooth via a smartphone app called ‘My Satis.’ The only problem is, the pin code for each model is factory set to 0000, which means it can’t be reset, so ANYONE could activate any toilet if they have the app.

Security experts at Trustwave Spiderlabs are so worried about it that they've published a report outlining the frightening risks to toilet users. ‘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.’

However, British security expert Graham Cluley played down the concerns, explaining that the limitations of Bluetooth mean you’d probably have to be quite near the toilet to activate it.

‘And it's hard to imagine how serious hardened cybercriminals would be interested in this security hole.’

(Huh huh. He said 'hole'.)

Still, I suppose it IS a form of cyber attack, and one for action movie scriptwriters to consider. Picture the scene. Jason Bourne wakes up not knowing who he is, with a toilet that flushes on its own and a prohibitively large bill from Thames Water.


TOPICS:   Mobile   Technology   Travel   Privacy


  • Dick
    Not to mention the remote heated toilet seat. Increase their electricity bills and burn their arses.
  • Captain W.
    I think this article misses the wider issue, which is not the security breach, but WhyTF you would want to pull out your smartphone with piss, vom or shit stained fingers and flush the toilet that way in the first place. Is there seriously a market for this?
  • salmonmax's_Law_of_Headlines
  • Bear
    I'm off to the woods. You might want to give it 20 minutes.
  • Zeddy
    No CW, but there's an app.
  • Captain W.
    @Zeddy And more than 500 people have installed it. Particularly worrying is one of the screenshots which appears to show a calendarised journal of how big and fat a fucker you are on each day of the month, presumably by recording the number of long flushes on each day.
  • Captain W.
    Also of note is that under "similar apps" is a McDonalds app.
  • shiftynifty
    Shit Story bro
  • ColeTurner
    It scares me that 500 ppl have spent 5 grand on a fecking toilet! They ought to have their heads flushed down the thing.

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