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Sixth-grader hacks cyber buffs, shows IOT threat

May 19, 2017, 7:00 AM EDT
(Source: Dani Latorre/flickr)
(Source: Dani Latorre/flickr)

Reuben Paul, an 11-year-old American kid, left an audience of cyber security experts in awe as he hacked into their Bluetooth devices and “weaponized” a teddy bear, highlighting an underlying threat with Internet of Things.

Addressing the audience at the World Forum in The Hague, Paul made a chilling demonstration that showed how virtually all Bluetooth-enabled smart devices can be hacked and exploited to compromise our daily life, notes Seeker.

Reuben’s father, Mano Paul, an information technology expert, says the kid started showing his unbelievable tech skills at the age of six, writes The Guardian. Reuben, who is also the youngest American to become a Shaolin Kung Fu black belt, plans to pursue cyber-security studies at either CalTech or MIT universities.

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