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Flaw in Smart Pet Feeders Lets Hackers Overfeed Your Cat

October 29th 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
Xiaomi

Cats and Dogs

These days, everything can be hacked. Thanks to unprotected smart home devices, not even your pet’s feeding schedule is safe.

Anna Prosvetova, a Russian security researcher, claims to have identified troubling vulnerabilities in the firmware of Xiaomi FurryTail smart pet feeders, ZDNet reports — which could give a bad actor access to more than ten thousand pet feeders around the world.

Secret Life

Prosvetova found that with her single FurryTail device, she was able to locate all other 10,950 devices on the net, according to ZDNet. The researcher claims she was able to even change the feeding schedules of innocent furry companions without a password.

Worse yet, the vulnerability was bad enough to theoretically allow hackers to automate the task of taking over all the pet feeders — and, potentially, either starve or overfeed dogs and cats across the globe.

Smart Home

While it’s admittedly not the highest-stake hack we’ve covered at Futurism, it’s yet another example of poor security on internet-connected smart devices.

The company has acknowledged the bug and promised a fix after Prosvetova reached out, according to ZDNet. The researcher hasn’t posted details about the vulnerability yet, since Xiamoi hasn’t yet patched its firmware.

READ MORE: Security researcher gets access to all Xiaomi pet feeders around the world [ZDNet]

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