You may have thought falling, slipping or missing the bowl were the worst mishaps awaiting you on a visit to the loo.
That was until tech experts discovered luxury lavatory the Satis, made by Japanese firm Lixil and controlled by a smartphone app, is vulnerable to attacks.
The news is sure to leave users who have one of the £3,800 high-tech thrones installed in their bathrooms taking a toilet break with a sense of trepidation.
Hackers, it seems, can play a series of potty pranks at the touch of a button, including giving users an impromptu high-pressure colonic irrigation blast or pumping inappropriate toilet tunes – such as Golden Brown by The Stranglers and Push It by Salt-N-Pepa – through the loo’s in-built speakers.
The Genius Toilet, launched last year, uses an Android app called My Satis to perform functions such as automatic flushing, bidet spray, fragrance release and raising, lowering or heating the loo seat.
But a hardware flaw has been discovered which means any phone with the app can activate the lavatory’s functions, claims security firm Trustwave Spiderlabs.
The toilet uses Bluetooth to receive instructions via the app, but the Pin code for every model is hardwired to be four zeros (0000), meaning anyone can control it.
‘An attacker could simply download the My Satis application and use it to cause the toilet to repeatedly flush, raising the water usage and therefore utility cost to its owner,’ says the Trustwave report.
‘Attackers could [also] cause the unit to unexpectedly open/close the lid, activate bidet or air-dry functions, causing discomfort or distress to [the] user.’
But the limited range of Bluetooth means that anyone wishing to carry out such an attack would need to be fairly close to the toilet itself, said security expert Graham Cluley.
‘It’s easy to see how a practical joker might be able to trick his neighbours into thinking his toilet is possessed as it squirts water and blows warm air unexpectedly on their intended victim, but it’s hard to imagine how serious hardened cybercriminals would be interested in this security hole,’ he said.
‘Although this vulnerability seems largely harmless, what’s clear is that companies building household appliances need to have security in mind just as much as computer manufacturers,’ he warned.
It’s proof that you’re not safe anywhere, anymore… even in your most private moments.