What could be more harmless than a coffee machine you would tell me? Let’s not speak too quickly, appearances can sometimes be deceiving. Martin Hron, computer security researcher at Avast, had fun hacking a coffee machine’s system. He finally managed to install ransomware on the computer. That is, the coffee maker refused to work again until its owner paid the ransom demanded.
Explained this way, the maneuver may seem simple. In fact, it took Martin Hron many weeks and many efforts to disassemble the machine and successfully implement his program. Once he got his way, Hron could control the machine remotely. He could turn on the water, turn on the coffee grinder, display messages on the screen, or even blink the lights. All orchestrated to scare and urge its owner to pay the ransom. In this case it was an experience, but it must be admitted that the situation can be impressive.
Not as funny as it sounds …
With this exercise, which at first glance seems amusing, Martin Hron tries to denounce a completely different problem. Indeed, this experience allows a new element to be added to his argument about connected objects and the danger they pose. If a coffee maker could have been hacked, tell yourself that any other connected object can suffer the same fate. When Martin Hron was asked to say more about his approach, he mentioned a bug in the Wi-Fi connection that allows the coffee maker to pair with its dedicated mobile application.
Mr. Hron uses this type of scenario to encourage manufacturers of all types of connected objects to be more vigilant about the safety of their products.