Kettles are leaking WiFi passwords (and other failures of the Internet of Things)
Whether we’re willing to risk our data for the sake of a fancy kitchen utensil may well be a turning point in the story of internet privacy.
The rise of the “internet of things” (basically, objects connected to the internet) is quietly rubbing the rough edges off our everyday routines. The average smartphone can now be a light switch, control your electricity meter, and turn on your toaster. Soon, if so inclined, you’ll barely need to engage with anything outside an app.
But what does connecting everything to everything else actually mean? Take the iKettle. It’s a kettle which lets you boil water by touching a button on an app, thereby saving yourself the precious seconds it takes to, er, walk over to it and press a different button. To do so, it connects to your WiFi network. And that’s where things get a little sticky. Because once things are connected, they can also be hacked.