“thanks to its ergonomic shape and its flat, smooth processing, it glides with stylish magnetic clamp virtually invisible in any panties, remains firmly in place and makes it there discreetly all the work.” So a product description of the self-promotion, “flat most clitoral vibrators in the world”.

allows a price from 27 euros, the “Panty Buster” of the brand Vibratissimo order, the target group is people in long distance relationships. “Vibratissimo offers you a wide variety of Features with the unique App-function”, i.e., it is in fact more. “Now, the fun is not just limited to a place. With a Partner, friends or alone, control of the Toys in the world via a Smartphone!”

For some people, that sounds perhaps according to the Sex of the future. For others, it sounds simple to 2018, a year in which companies connect pretty much anything to the Internet, from the front door to the treat machine. Just stupid, if then the IT security of their developments do not fit to the Modern.

weak points and Features

lay-on vibrator from Vibratissimo in addition to a Smartphone

“In networked devices for the ‘Internet of things’ will make very many manufacturers extreme rookie mistake,” says Werner Schober, “even with the Sex Toys. Error, as they were maybe 15 years ago usual.” Schober, 24, advises for SEC Consult other companies in matters of IT security, the hackers Congress 35C3 in Leipzig, he holds Saturday evening a lecture about unsafe sex toys. With the MIRROR he said, in advance.

How bad intimate toy secured, however, showed Schober in February. At the time, he made it known that the “Panty Buster,”the Vibrator, and the corresponding App, with the additional Vibratissimo devices to work together, several serious safety problems. Among other things, Schober was able to unencrypted access to the database of all registered App users, images, information about sexual orientation and user-passwords-were -.

In his blog post, Rick also highlighted that the “Panty Buster” via Bluetooth close-accept – in principle by anyone, regardless of whether the owner of the Gadgets want to or not. Thanks to a simple release system Schober was it even over the Internet, it is possible to control alien vibrators anywhere in the world.

The customer database is protected thanks to a warning Schober’s better now. The remote control of the Vibrator by a third party, on the other hand is still easily possible, even for newer devices, when used with the default settings. It was thought about for Swinger-club-parties, learned Schober from the manufacturer.

Really, this justification does not convince him, says Schober. He think that here there is a lot of thought to a rather small group of buyers. “The vast number of users don’t know is probably that this Feature is usually activated.”

No case

remote control of the Vibratissimo device

The “Panty Buster” has investigated Schober for his master’s thesis, it is also about two other sex toys called the Magic Motion Flamingo and Realov Lydia. In the case of data transfers to fell him each of the servers in the China. “I would classify it as a privacy risk,” says Schober, the purpose of these Transfers is still unclear.

Werner Schober is not the first IT expert, the hacking sex toys and to abtörnenden results:

2017 had to pay about the company We-Vibe is a penalty in the millions, because the App recorded for your vibrators secretly use data. In the same year, British security professionals made it well-known how easy it is to hack into the built-in camera of a Svakom Vibrator. Those British IT experts, have found a way to detect where a specific Anal Sex Toy from Lovense. And Lovense stand in 2017, for a second Time in the criticism because of an Android App the company audio recordings of Sex acts stored on the Smartphone.

how many people are Sex-Toys to use with an Internet connection, there are no concrete Numbers. Werner Schober estimates with a view to the Download Figures for the corresponding Apps, that there are some millions around the world. Belongs to “some devices, a private social network,” says Schober, “in addition to the video chats and the sharing of images is possible, for example.”

“I suspect that the competition is quite large,” says Schober, “that it is all about more and more Features to offer.” The IT security will not be ignored consciously, you set other priorities. If you are the manufacturer for defects notes, these would be addressed. “The companies have, in principle, the ways to fix the security error.”

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power projects should be Asked to help

whether the Situation in two, three years will be better, refers to Schober on two sites from the hacker scene: “the Internet of Dongs” and “Buttplug.io”. Both projects aim to contribute to a smart, Sex-Toys safe. There is the Buttplug.to conduct io, for example, devices from Lovense, Vibratissimo and Magic Motion on the Open-Source Software instead of the manufacturer’s programs.

so Far, however, few buyers are likely to know of such options or perceive. “At most of the device is as comfortable in the bedroom, is used – and that was it,” says Werner Schober. “Some people will not even know that he connect his Sex-Toy via USB to the PC and then a Firmware Update can perform – although this is virtually pretty easy.”

Basically, Schober product tests, “continuous”, for example, from consumer protection organisations to bring the best way, Sex-Toy manufacturers to make their devices more secure: “a certification is too little,” he says. “This is a one-time thing, this could give a false sense of security.”

in Addition, the 24-Year-old refers to the technological progress that might lead soon to the interested do not have to already trust certain companies. “In the future, there could be instructions on how to printer sex toy itself is built by means of 3D,” says Schober. “All you have to to equip and then perhaps only with a Motor. And Raspberry-Pi-computers are getting smaller and smaller, so something could be integrated.”

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