Surprise: Connected, camera-wielding vibrator can be hacked

Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this Internet of Things snafucoming. Using rudimentary techniques,U.K. security firm easily hacked into a $249 connected vibrator. On top of being able to control the device, the vibrator is outfitted with a camera, so a hacker couldalso watch its video stream unbeknownst to the user.

The vibrator, the Svakom Siime Eye, connects over Wi-Fi with ridiculously minimal securityitsdefault password is88888888. The device has a camera at one end so that while you’re using it, you can also stream video of yourself, or a dildo-eye-view of the action. With its lack of security, however, anyone within range could easily tap into that stream. Ahacker could also getadmin access toitsweb server and gain full control of the device, whether or not the hacker was within Wi-Fi range.

Pen Test Partners, the company that discovered this vulnerability, reached out to Svakom about this issue beginning inDecember, but hasn’t yetgotten a response. Pen Test advises Siime Eye ownersto immediately change the password on their device from its defaultor toss out the gadget and “never use it again.”

The security of Internet of Things devices is definitely one of its biggest flaws. Devices from light bulbs to refrigerators are vulnerable to being exploited, having backdoorsinstalled, or enabling thieves to break into home. And it’s not just malicious hackers who are able to take advantage of such things.Just last month, We-Vibe, another smart sex-toy maker, wasordered to pay customers $4 millionafter the company was found to be collecting owners’ usage statistics without their knowledge.

When something is connected to the internet, you’re opening that device up to being hacked and tracked, no matter how well-meaning its manufacturer is. So if you prefer to keep your sexual exploits private, your best bet is to stick with an old-fashioned, “dumb,” non-connected toy.

H/T NYMag

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