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Can Your Hot Tub be Hacked?

Smart Hot Tubs Hacked by the Thousands!

We all love technology that makes our lives easier, right?

Ken Munro demonstrating hack to BBC

So we invest in aps that allow us to adjust our thermostat, turn on lights, start the oven, check on the family cat or dog–all from the office, or even the beach.

You can even get a hot tub that has the latest remote start capabilities.

Well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year–that wonderful convenience is washing out according to Pen Test Partners. PTP is a security firm out of the UK.

The ap, designed for your convenience, just didn’t provide sufficient security. Hackers can raise or lower the hot tub’s temperature, turn on or off lights, and basically mess with your system all from using GPS!

Balboa Water Group (BWG), which runs the affected system, has now pledged to introduce a more robust security system for owners and said the problem would be fixed by the end of February.

Pen Test Partners revealed this hack on a BBS show “Click.” Ken Munro is one of the firm’s founders. He says that hot tubs are not the only item that is vulnerable to this potential hack.

It seems that many items that Santa delivered might also be susceptible to the same technology weakness.

That means it is up to YOU, the consumer to be sure that the aps you buy and install for convenience work–but only for you, not for someone with less than honorable intentions.

While PTP’s testing only relates specifically to Balboa Water Group’s hot tubs and their ap, it is worth keeping a eye on the technology that we allow into our homes and yards.

It might not seem too serious that someone could mess with the temperature of your hot tub, annoying but not terrible. But consider that if they can access your hot tub they can probably figure out when you are home and enjoying your tub.

That’s kind of creepy.

Save your money! Invest in a really good cover, upgrade your system if needed, and enjoy your hot tub without worry. That is something to celebrate!


Read more of the article by Dan Simmons at BBC.com,

Photo is of Ken Munro, founder of Pen Test Partners as he revealed the hack to BBC on Click.