Our sex lives and fantasies are some of the most private things about us. These are details we normally wouldn't share even with our closest friends and relatives, let alone sleazy cybercriminals with malicious intentions.
But imagine a complete stranger taking over your pleasure toy and using it to access your most intimate secrets. Or, even worse, literally trapping intimate parts of your body, leaving you no possibility to break free. Sounds like a horror movie? Unfortunately, it would be one based on a true story.
Qiui’s Cellmate is a chastity belt your partner can lock and unlock remotely through a special mobile application. With a tap of a button, someone can lock up your genitals in a metal ring. Maybe that might be fun if it’s someone you can trust – but can you be sure they're in control?
The security flaws in QIUI’s Cellmate chastity sex toy have caught the attention of researchers everywhere. If exploited, these flaws would allow hackers to remotely lock you in the belt, which doesn't have a manual unlock function. Luckily, our first known victim, Sam Summers, had some bolt cutters on hand and nerves of pure steel. That’s right — after receiving what he called “weird messages” in the app that connects to the chastity toy, Mr Summers’ had his private parts held ransom by hackers. The criminals demanded a ransom of $1,000 Bitcoin to set him free, and demanded more and more each time Sam paid. In the end, Sam’s only choice was to awkwardly position himself and hack away at the chastity device with bolt cutters, blow after excruciating blow, while simply hoping for the best.
Although Mr Summers did manage to narrowly escape castration, the danger of Wi-Fi connected sex toys is rife. Just take a look at some of these most recent hacks that could leave you in a bloody mess of tech trauma.
Hackers exploiting sex toys is not a new concept. Here are some of the most famous recent hacks:
Sex toys have become part of the network of internet of things (IoT) devices and can be hacked the same way that any other IoT device can. Moreover, they can not only expose the most intimate details of your life to a stranger with unclear intentions, but also become a gateway to other devices or even your whole network. Most modern sex toys have sophisticated technological features, such as Wi-Fi connection, webcams, and even AI-powered biofeedback, and should be treated seriously in terms of cyber threats.
Here are a few measures you can take to avoid such exploits:
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