Originally Posted by BBEG
This really has nothing to do with the controls of the toilet. It's that you can put malicious software onto a toilet easily that waits for a chance to connect with someone's smart phone. The toilet is just the delivery mechanism.
Originally Posted by Angrybutcher
This. The damage this could cause is not only "personal grief" if someone is on the toilet, but you could probably control the flapper, making the thing never fill and constantly drain water into the sewer system. Might even be able to trigger it to think it needs water, while not flushing, flooding the area. Do this to multiple toilets in the room and you have quite a mess and potentially a lot of building damage.
But really, why the hell does a toilet have an app?
I'm pretty sure these threats are exaggerated. For one, of all the malfunctioning things in the world, toilets are usually noticed faster than any other. And if the janitor can't figure out how to fix the problem, the very next step is to shut the water supply off (manually) and then tape a hastily made "out of order" sign on it. For months sometimes...
As far as transmitting malware, I doubt the mechanisms to do so effectively are available in such a system. I assume you'd have to store it in "user presets" or whatever equivalent the toilet has, at which point, sooner or later (most likely sooner) the toilet is going to malfunction, which leads back to my first point.
But the bottom line is still that this wireless connectivity is a ridiculous and unnecessary amount of over complication, which is now leading to more complication to deal with the lack (or excess?) of forethought. Just one of the more hilarious lessons in electronic design.