This week at the International One Conference 2017 in The Netherlands, 11 year-old Reuben Paul and his teddy bear Bob showed how easily internet-enabled devices can be exploited to gain access to a network.
Using Raspberry Pi, a tiny credit-card sized computer that could scan for available Bluetooth devices in the conference hall, Reuben located and hacked into the teddy bear which was WiFi connected, Bluetooth enabled and capable of receiving and transmitting messages. Then, he used Python, a programming language, to turn on one of the lights in his toy and record a message from the audience.
The demonstration was to prove that anything connected to IoT, even toys, could be hacked into and used as tools for illegitimate surveillance.
“From airplanes to automobiles, from smartphones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the Internet of Things (IOT),” said the sixth grader, as reported by The Guardian.
All the more reason to know who and what is on your network!