Toys no child's play at hands of 11-year-old

Central Station | 18 May 2017

Cyber security experts at a public forum at The Hague were stunned when an 11-year-old "cyber ninja" hacked their Bluetooth devices and showed how interconnected smart toys "can be weaponized."

Reuben Paul, a sixth grader from Austin, Texas, demonstrated the ease in which he manipulated his iCloud- connected teddy bear after hacking available Bluetooth devices in the audience.

"From airplanes to automobiles, from smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the Internet of Things," he said. "From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponized."

To demonstrate, he plugged into his laptop a rogue device, accessed available Bluetooth devices in the audience and downloaded dozens of mobile numbers, including those of some top officials. He then used one of the numbers and recorded a message from the audience.

"IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our daily lives can be used and weaponized to spy on us or harm us," he said.

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