Research into security vulnerabilities in the Segway/Ninebot MiniPRO Hoverboard revealed that a hacker could easily access the device to harm the rider, Forbes reports.
“The flaws made it possible to take almost complete control of the self-balancing vehicle and, potentially, knock off anyone aboard with some fairly basic hacks, researchers said today,” Forbes reports.
The report adds: “Attacks could be carried out with just 20 seconds of continuous Bluetooth connection to a Segway hoverboard, said IOActive researcher Thomas Kilbride.”
Kilbride adds in the report: “It may be sped up using other means. It’s a little bit alarming.”
Forbes also notes: “Not only would it be possible to kill the motor mid-drive, but it’d be simple to steal a miniPRO too.”
Here’s a demonstration video from Kilbride revealing how, in his words, the device can be “weaponized” …