Hackers Targeting Smart Sex Toys
New research has revealed that hackers have the ability to not only access a person’s computer, but smart sex devices as well.
A group of researchers have reported vulnerabilities in an internet-connected male chastity cage. This is not the first time that adult sex toys or intimate tools have been found to be vulnerable. In 2018, at least 50,000 users were exposed by the “Vibratissimo Panty Buster” sex toy.
“Smart devices are entering all facets of our lives. Unfortunately, because of this, what once looked like a plot for a sci-fi movie has now become a reality. We’ve all heard of baby monitors, cars, light bulbs and pirated toys. It seems the time has come for intimate devices as well. There’s even a word for such devices – teledildonics, ”says Daniel Markuson, digital privacy expert at NordVPN.
The Cellmate chastity cage, which costs almost $ 200, has been dubbed “the world’s first app-controlled chastity device.” However, this niche IoT product and its application has so many security vulnerabilities that hackers can take permanent control of the device and trap the victim’s genitals. What is even more worrying is the fact that criminals can do this from a distance.
Another famous vulnerability of a teledildonic tool was discovered in 2018. At the time, the private sex life of at least 50,000 users had been exposed by the “Vibratissimo Panty Buster” sex toy. Multiple vulnerabilities endanger not only privacy and data, but also the physical security of owners. All customer data was accessible via the internet in clear text, including explicit images, chats, sexual preferences, emails and passwords. But that’s not the worst. “Panty Buster” toys could be hacked to remotely inflict sexual pleasure on victims without their consent.
Markuson says most internet-connected devices lack the standard security features of computers, tablets, and even smartphones.
That’s why, before you bring home an IoT device, whether it’s a new sex toy or a smart thermostat, you should always ask yourself if “intelligence” is really benefiting you.
“Of course, that doesn’t mean that if something can be hacked it will be, but being careful can’t hurt. If you are thinking of buying a smart device, especially a teledildonic device, do your research, ”says Markuson.
“Check user reviews, comments and even articles in the media. If the device is faulty, chances are someone has noticed it already.”
Another important step, according to Markuson, is to change the factory default passwords.
“Do it as soon as you unbox your new smart device. And remember that all of your passwords should be unique and strong. That means you have to create them with uppercase letters, numbers and symbols, ”he says.
The last tip is to keep up with updates. Manufacturers often release updates that fix critical security vulnerabilities, and it’s important to install these updates as soon as they become available.