“Most internet-connected things have a Bluetooth functionality,” he later remarked to AFP. “I basically showed how I could connect to it, and send commands to it, by recording audio and playing the light.”
“IOT home appliances, things that can be used in our everyday lives, our cars, lights refrigerators, everything like this that is connected,” he added, “can be used and weaponized to spy on us or harm us.”
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They can be used to steal private information such as passwords, as remote surveillance to spy on kids, or employ a GPS to find out where a person is.
More chillingly, a toy could say “meet me at this location and I will pick you up,” Reuben said.
His father, information technology expert Mano Paul, told how Reuben had revealed his early IT skills at the age of six, when he corrected him during a business call.
Using a simple explanation from dad on how a particular smartphone game worked, Reuben then figured out it was the same kind of algorithm behind the popular video game Angry Birds.