Home > News > Hackers Show How to Attack a 'Smart' Vibrator at Def Con • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options

NEWS STORY

Hackers Show How to Attack a 'Smart' Vibrator at Def Con

Hackers Show How to Attack a 'Smart' Vibrator at Def Con
Get XBIZ News
Aug 8, 2016 3:46 PM PDT    Text size: 

LAS VEGAS — A team at the Def Con hacking conference last week showed off how to attack the We Vibe 4 Plus, a Bluetooth-enabled couple's vibrator that can be controlled by a smartphone app.

The Australian duo of Goldfisk and Follower pair spoke to Def Con attendees and showed off their hacking at a seminar titled, “Breaking the Internet of Vibrating Things: What We Learned Reverse Enginerring Bluetooh and Internet-Enabled Adult Toys.”

At the conference, the pair managed to decipher Bluetooth command strings and manipulated the We Vibe using a desktop computer, according to a report in The Daily Dot.

Goldfisk and Follower hit the We Vibe’s Texas Instruments CC2541 processor with its 2.4ghz Bluetooth chip, exploiting the lack of a certificate to collect information transmitted between the U-shaped vibrator and the app.

"As teledildonics come into the mainstream, human sexual pleasure has become connected with the concerns of privacy and security already familiar to those who previously only wanted to turn on their lights, rather than their lover," Goldfisk and Follower explained in the description of their presentation at Def Con, where they had planned to release the "Weevil" suite of tools to enable users to simulate and control We Vibe-compatible vibrators.

"Do you care if someone else knows if you or your lover is wearing a remote control vibrator? Do you care if the manufacturer is tracking your activity, sexual health and to whom you give control? How do you really know who is making you squirm with pleasure? And what happens when your government decides your sex toy is an aid to political dissidents?"

Goldfisk and Follower said they found that the Standard Innovation Corp., makers of the We Vibe, collect gobs of masturbatory data when the device is used, including which of the 10 vibration modes users pick and the temperature of the device.

Upon comment to the Daily Dot, Frank Ferrari, president of Standard Innovation, later clarified that "[t]emperature data is collected purely for hardware diagnostic purposes” and isn't precise enough to collect data that can determine which orifice into which a user has inserted the device.

"The temperature is measured through a thermometer in the Texas Instruments chip itself," Ferrari said. "Many factors can affect the temperature of the chip. However, any changes in the temperature are not significant or noticeable enough to indicate the location of the product."

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Porn ‘Public Health Crisis’ Is False, Dangerous

We are witnessing the early stages of a moral panic, the likes of which we have not seen since the Reagan Administration. As I write this, there are 27 states in the process of passing mandatory porn... More »

The Skinny on the New DMCA Requirement

The requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) have changed, but the sky is not falling. We have, even as a law firm, been hit with an unbelievable amount of spam sent out by law firms... More »

2017 Outlook: Legal Matters Around the Corner

The adult entertainment business’ legal community recently weighed in the top issues that companies and the industry, as a whole, should be concerned about. XBIZ asked industry attorneys to discuss... More »
XBIZ NEWSLETTERS
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.






POPULAR PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS

XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup

May 04 - May 04
Prague, Czech Republic

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!