11-Year-Old Boy Casually Hacks Security Conference To Show How Toys Can Be Turned Into Weapons

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As Donald Trump so wisely said, "we are living in a cyber world," one in which even the most innocuous inanimate objects can be morphed into a weapon or surveillance device, so it's lucky that we have an 11-year-old genius here to educate us.

Reuben Paul, a self-titled "cyber ninja" (we're not arguing with him) from Austin, Texas, stunned an audience of cyber security experts at conference in the Netherlands by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a robotic teddy bear, proving that even modern smart toys "can be weaponised".

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"From airplanes to automobiles, from smartphones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the Internet of Things (IoT)," he told the audience of the World Forum in The Hague.

"From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised."

To demonstrate, he used his teddy bear called Bob, which connects to the cloud via wifi and Bluetooth, allowing it to receive and transmit messages.

Plugging into his laptop a device known as a "Raspberry Pi" - a credit-card size computer - Reuben searched the audience for available Bluetooth devices, before downloading dozens of numbers, some from top security officials.

Using a computer language called Python he then hacked into his bear via one of the numbers to turn on one of its lights and record a message from the audience.

This kid is 11-years-old...

"Most internet-connected things have a Bluetooth functionality," he later told 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 can be used and weaponised to spy on us or harm us."

As well as being a cyber ninja, Reuben is also the youngest American to earn a black belt in Shaolin kung fu.

11-years-old, man...