After reports that they can be remotely locked by hackers, the manufacturer of a ‘smart’ male chastity gadget has proposed using a screwdriver to break them free.
The Chinese firm Qiui, whose Bluetooth-controlled Cellmate gadget can only be opened with an app, released a video showing the screwdriver patch, dubbed “When nothing else works.”
The Cellmate, which clamps a metal ring around the penis, is susceptible to hackers who might lock them en masse, possibly trapping thousands of people, an alert from researchers follows.
It was “just not real” that users could get trapped in the Cellmate, which is advertised for both anti-cheating and submission sex play, company founder and CEO Jake Guo said.
“The second choice is to crack open the Cellmate cap with a screwdriver or equivalent, as seen in the video on our website, if you are unable to reach our customer service,” he said in a statement sent to AFP.
“This will cause the pin lock and system to be removed.”
“Guo added:” Compared to Cellmate, it is much more dangerous to wear a conventional chastity cage with a classic padlock, mostly made of steel.
“You would probably need a grinder or bolt-cutter to lift the cage if you were to lose the key.”
The screwdriver manoeuvre was challenged by Alex Lomas of Pen Test Partners, who published the study paper, asking if the required angle was feasible when wearing a Cellmate.
Even, for warmth, it’s a little close! “He wrote on Twitter.” Did you actually try this for real? “His colleague Ken Munro told the BBC:” It seems very unwise to aggressively use a screwdriver in close proximity to a very delicate part of the anatomy.
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In Cellmate, which was listed on Qiui ‘s website for $189, PTP also found other security bugs that could reveal user details such as addresses , phone numbers, birthdays and location data.
Smart sex toys and gadgets are among the surge of new online and remotely controlled “Internet of Things” goods and appliances launched in recent years.
Their connectivity has also left them vulnerable to breaches of confidentiality and abuses of privacy.
Guo urged Cellmate users to uninstall the Qiui software on their phones and replace it with an upgraded version in order to protect against hacks.
“Nowadays, any modern computer can theoretically be compromised,” he said.
“When a potential security leak is found and captured with a gaming console, PC, tablet or social media app, people do not appear to tend to avoid using them.”