As if the idea of your computer or smartphone being hacked wasn’t troubling enough, your own toilet could be the next target of a cyber attack – thanks to a Bluetooth vulnerability with the commode’s Android app.

Increasingly, electronics manufacturers are pushing “always-connected” devices that can be controlled by smartphones via companion applications. Smart TVs, washing machines, air conditioning units, and even light bulbs can be controlled remotely, as long as Wi-Fi or Bluetooth has them tethered to a smartphone. The added convenience comes with added risk, as any device with a live connection could potentially be exploited by a savvy hacker.

Information security firm Trustwave posted an advisory earlier this week warning consumers of a Bluetooth security vulnerability that targets a specific range of Japanese luxury toilets. The weakness would allow anyone with an Android-powered smartphone to remotely operate any Inax Satis toilet with the My Satis app – due to the fact that the company hard-coded every porcelain throne with a Bluetooth PIN of “0000.”

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