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Chastity cage security flaw could let hackers lock up your penis


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A flaw in a sensible chastity gadget that places your penis on lockdown may get your appendage imprisoned longer than you bargained for, safety researchers say.   

The gadget in query, Qiui’s Cellmate Chastity Cage, encases your favourite organ in a Bluetooth-enabled gadget {that a} trusted associate can lock and unlock remotely utilizing a cell app.

The issue, in line with safety researchers from UK-based Pen Take a look at Companions, is that because of API flaws, a nontrusted celebration appearing from wherever couldn’t solely achieve entry to specific person location information, however may “stop the Bluetooth lock from being opened, completely locking the person in.” 

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“There isn’t any bodily unlock,” Pen Take a look at Companions noted Monday in a blog post that details its months-long investigation into the device. “The tube is locked onto a hoop worn across the base of the genitals, making issues inaccessible.”

Qiui didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

The intercourse toy firm calls the Cellmate the “world’s first app-controlled chastity gadget.” It is polycarbonate, is available in two lengths and prices $189 (about £146 or AU$265). 

“Qiui believes {that a} true chastity expertise is one which retains the wearer away from management over their very own units,” Qiui says on its web site.

In fact, there’s give up of management by alternative. Then there’s lack of management by safety flaw. 

If the Cellmate falls into the fingers of the mistaken driver, the one approach out could be to chop the wearer free utilizing an angle grinder or different heavy device that most individuals would in all probability want be refrained from their delicate areas. 

This is not the primary time intercourse toys have raised safety considerations. 

high-profile lawsuit in 2016 accused sex tech firm We-Vibe of transmitting person preferences, utilization information and electronic mail addresses to its servers with out consent. The company settled the case for $3.75 million in 2017.  

As my PJDM colleague Alison DeNisco Rayome reported earlier this 12 months, safety is prime of thoughts for intercourse tech corporations which have seen the influence of lawsuits or breaches. Nonetheless, intercourse tech merchandise are “all around the map” in relation to safety, Nicole Schwartz, a researcher for Internet of Dongs, which pairs safety professionals with intercourse tech distributors to search out vulnerabilities in units, informed Rayome.  

With the coronavirus pandemic limiting physical contact, some intercourse tech merchandise have, not surprisingly, seen a bump in gross sales. The shorter mannequin of the Qiui Cellmate Chastity Cage is presently bought out on the corporate’s web site.  

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Leslie Katz