Cyber Kid Shocks Experts: Anything On Wi-Fi Can Be Weaponized

An 11-year-old Shaolin Kung Fu black-belt from Texas shocked an viewers of safety consultants within the Netherlands on Tuesday by demonstrating that something linked to the Internet of Things (IOT) could be weaponized, even a teddy bear.

Whether it’s data expertise, gymnastics, or Shaolin Kung Fu, 11-year-old Reuben Paul knocks it out of the park.

Reuben A. Paul

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This child from Austin, Texas, simply shocked a crowd of cybersecurity consultants at a convention within the Netherlands by demonstrating how absolutely anything could be “weaponized” when it’s linked to the Internet.

From airplanes to cars, from smartphones to good properties, something or any toy” could be a part of the Internet of Things (IOT), Paul stated whereas talking on the World Forum in The Hague. “From terminators to teddy bears, something or any toy could be weaponized.

The sixth grader, who additionally excels in gymnastics and is the youngest-ever American to earn a Shaolin Kung Fu black belt, put his cash the place his mouth was. To again up his claims, he introduced a teddy bear that connects to wi-fi utilizing Bluetooth expertise.

Paul then plugged a small gadget often known as a “Raspberry Pi” into his laptop computer. The 11-year-old scanned the room for Bluetooth gadgets, then — “to everybody’s amazement,” based on Agence France-Presse — he downloaded dozens of cellphone numbers from the cyber safety consultants gathered within the room.

hen, utilizing a pc language program known as Python, Paul hacked into the teddy bear’s system utilizing one of many collected numbers. To hammer his level residence, he turned on the toy’s gentle and recorded a message from an viewers member.

“IOT residence home equipment, issues that can be utilized in our on a regular basis lives, our automobiles, lights, fridges,” Paul informed AFP after the convention, “all the pieces like this that’s linked can be utilized and weaponized to spy on us or hurt us.

The wunderkind’s father, data expertise skilled Mano Paul — whereas admittedly “shocked” by the kinds of safety vulnerabilities his son is ready to expose — says Reuben has been doing such a factor all this life:

He has at all times shocked us. Every second once we train him one thing he’s normally the one who finally ends up instructing us.