Demonstrators at a tech conference in Germany managed to hack into a vibrator using just a few lines of computer code. That’s a bit of a dark insight into the future of web-connected sex toys — is nothing safe from hackers?
The presentation was provided by Trend Micro as a way to warn people about online safety, particularly when it comes to private matters such as sex. Which is fair enough really — I know that there are now things like toys that you can connect to the web and enjoy if you are in a long-distance relationship, but this does inevitably bring up questions regarding safety and privacy.
During the event a spokesperson at the CeBIT tech fair bought out the large pink sex toy and placed it on the desk. After typing in just a few lines of code, the vibrator started buzzing. The company said that with the boom in devices that are connected online, even items such as vibrators could become a target.
Chief Technology Officer Raimund Genes said:
If I hack a vibrator it’s just fun. But if I can get to the back-end, I can blackmail the manufacturer.
As said, a bit of a worrying insight into the future. It’s scary enough that hackers can get access to our online details at the tap of some buttons, but imagine putting them in charge of your wank session? I think I’ll leave that down to my right hand for the moment, thank you.