Who knew? As the world gets smaller and partners are apart more often, the range of sex toys that can be controlled from a distance is growing. Good news for folks that want to stay intimate. But there is a downside. Or a backside.
Researchers have discovered a serious security flaw with a Bluetooth-enabled butt plug that allows hackers to remotely take control of the vibrating sex toy.
Italian security researcher Giovanni Mellini published his findings in a blogpost on Tuesday, October 18, describing how he was able to send a vibrate command to a Hush butt plug from his laptop.
Apparently, this is not the first time flaws in Bluetooth Low Energy protocol have been demonstrated. Last year cybersecurity experts showed how they could hack a vibrator connected to the web.
As the "Internet of Things" continues to expand into other smart devices, security concerns continue to rise. While these demonstrations may make us giggle, according to cyber security professionals, hackers with nefarious intentions can use the same low security protocols to take control of products that are far more dangerous. Baby monitors, smart home devices and other items meant to make our life simpler can potentially be used spy on us.
The researchers demonstrating the flaws in the sex toys say hacking the toy is all in fun. The much more serious concern is using the device to get into the backend (no pun intended) of the system and blackmail the compnay or indivdiual users. Companies make assurances that user data is secure, but the experts aren't convinced.
So in the meantime, if you and your partner want to get your groove on long distance, register that device under a pseudonym. Like Carlos Danger. Just for fun. At least if the hacker breaks your rhythm, they won't have any clue who you are.