Hacker Locks Man’s Internet Linked Chastity Cage, Holding Him For Bitcoin Ransom
Something about internet enabled sex-toys absolutely screams problems to me, but you know, do what you want.
Last October, security researchers found that the manufacturer of a chastity cage that connected to the internet (who knows why, or what purpose this serves), left an API exposed, which gave hackers an opportunity to take control.
A man who only asked to be identified as Robert told Vice he got a message from someone demanding a payment of 0.02 Bitcoin (about $750USD). It was then he realized that the cage was locked, and he couldn't unlock it himself.
"Fortunately I didn’t have this locked on myself while this happened," Robert said.
Another man, who goes by RJ, told Motherboard he also received a message from a hacker.
"I wasn’t the owner of the cage anymore so I didn’t have full control over the cage at any given moment," he said, making many question what the community of people who share chastity cages is like.
While Qiui, the China-based creators of "Cellmate" did not respond for comment, a US based distributor said that the flaw was fixed in the last update.
"Almost every company and product is going to have some kind of vulnerability in its lifetime. Maybe not as bad as this one, but something," Security researcher Alex Lomas said. "It’s important that all companies have a way for researchers to contact them, and that they keep in touch with them."
As always, be careful what you trust with your data, and especially be sure whatever you're sticking your junk in won't be hacked.
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