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Jonathan Corbet

Edited 2 months ago
What a world we have built ... https://www.tomshardware.com/networking/three-million-malware-infected-smart-toothbrushes-used-in-swiss-ddos-attacks-botnet-causes-millions-of-euros-in-damages

Edit: there are suggestions out there that this story is not actually true. So sad, who ever heard of something not being true on the Internet? But does anybody doubt that something like this *will* be true in the near future?
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@corbet There's a "they should have used FLOSS and good security hygiene practices" joke in there somewhere.
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@corbet Why the fuck does anyone need a "smart" toothbrush. JFC, people.

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Even if the story about Internet connected toothbrushes isn't true, this has happened before with other IoT devices.

The warning to not make insecure devices that are connected to a global network remains relevant.

@corbet

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@corbet @rjfaas They’ll never sell three million IoT toothbrushes.

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@themamiyaman @corbet The "need" for a smart toothbrush is one felt by Philips to a) require you to use a new brush every so often and b) v likely, restrict you to using only Philips brush heads.

https://hackaday.com/2023/05/27/hacking-a-smart-electric-toothbrush-to-reset-its-usage-counter/

It's only a matter of time before your health insurer will pay for the data and adjust your premiums / dental coverage accordingly.

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