Linked – Boy and His Teddy Bear Wow Cybersecurity Experts

“(NEWSER) – It’s possible the experts in attendance Tuesday at a cybersecurity conference in the Netherlands didn’t know what to make of 11-year-old Reuben Paul when the sixth-grader from Texas took the stage. But by the end of his presentation, they were tweeting compliments like “respect” and “the future of cybersecurity,” Mashable reports. According to AFP, Reuben was at the conference to show that “from terminators to teddy bears, any thing or any toy can be weaponized.” Reuben put his money where his mouth is, first hacking into the Bluetooth-enabled devices of attendees—reportedly flooring them—then using one of those devices to control his WiFi-enabled teddy bear Bob, turning on its lights and using it to record audio.

Reuben says the same thing can be done with refrigerators, cars, or anything else connected to the internet.”

As cool as it can be to have things connected to the ‘Net and be able to control them from anywhere, (who doesn’t love setting the DVR while at work?), this is the danger. Anything connected to the internet can be hacked.

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