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"Smart" Vibrator Could be Hacked and Remotely Activated

By Gary Cutlack on at

Today's connected world horror story from the Def Con 24 event concerns the security of sex toys, with a team of researchers suggesting that the internet-enabled We-Vibe 4 Plus sends data home when it's being used -- and could even potentially be turned on remotely by someone not connected to the sexy Skype chat.

It's a worry according to security experts as they say with good reason that the unwanted activation of a vibrator might be described as a sexual assault, but only if it's in the, er, vicinity of the user, and not left half hidden under a pile of pants.

The potential for invasion doesn't end there, either. Research into what the We-Vibe 4 Plus actually does seems to show that it sends the temperature of the device back to the maker once a minute, also recording the changes in the intensity of the vibration. It's quite the data haul for technical voyeurs, who might, conceivably, be able to see it going in and out heat signature records in a server file.  [Guardian]


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