What A Twitter-Controlled Coffeemaker Teaches Us About Home Security
Fast Company, By Neal Ungerleider
a coffeemaker, Arduino Uno kit, and a power tail that cost approximately $70, a
security researcher has connected the Black & Decker coffee machine
to a Twitter feed to prove two things:
You can connect a
coffee maker to Twitter...
But you might not want
Arduino OS and some custom code allowed her to get the coffeemaker to make
coffee on command through using a hashtag called #driptwit. The account was
then left with intentionally weak security, allowing Tiffany
Strauchs Rad, a security researcher specializing in connected
devices, to simulate a hacker attack and successfully gain “unauthorized”
access to her own machine.
Like many security experts, Rad is deeply ambivalent about the wisdom of tech
nerds connecting home appliances to
Twitter or any other service with relatively weak security. At
a recent conference in San Francisco, she showed how she broke into her
networked, Twitter-powered coffee machine--with the implicit message that
pranksters or criminals could have a ball with any home appliances turned into
smart devices via Arduino or
proprietary toolkits. According to Rad, many connected devices for the home
have firmware with only rudimentary security precautions standing between you
and a prankster seeking to fill your kitchen floor with coffee. Read more.