Jun 20 2008   3:24PM GMT

The way to a man’s personal data is through his web-enabled coffee maker

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Web filtering is needed to improve coffee-based solutions as hacking is added to caffeine as a major danger to coffee drinkers.

The failure of the makers of a web-enabled coffee making machine to build in security is leaving its insomniac users open to attack by hackers.

According to a report on one reader had discovered his Jura Impressa F90 coffee machine, which links to the internet via a PC, allows a remote attacker to gain access to the Windows XP system it is running on.

This type of risk is common in internet connected devices, according to Geoff Sweeney, CTO at IT security company Tier-3.

“Making the coffee too weak is a problem that can easily be fixed, but if a security flaw allows a remote hacker to take over your desktop PC, then you have a real problem on your hands,” he said.

According to Sweeney, the message from Craig Wright’s experience with his internet-enabled coffee-maker is that Internet users should be careful before hooking up the most benign of internet-enabled devices to the office network, as there may be unknown security flaws lurking and waiting to be discovered.

We think others suffering this problem should take a granular approach to web filtering and avoid Java.

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