I have some news: the Internet of Things is a mess. A hacked refrigerator sounds slightly scary, but a vibrator-controlling app that records all your sex sounds and stores them on your phone without your knowledge? That's way worse.
Today, a Reddit user pointed out that Hong Kong-based sex toy company Lovense's remote control vibrator app (Lovense Remote) recorded a use session without their knowledge. An audio file lasting six minutes was stored in the app's local folder. The users says he or she gave the app access to the mic and camera but only to use with the in-app chat function and to send voice clips on command ? not constant recording when in use. Other users confirmed this app behavior, too.
A user claiming to represent Lovense responded and called this recording a "minor bug" that only affects Android users. Lovense also says no information or data was sent to the company's servers, and that this audio file exists only temporarily. An update issued today should fix the bug. We've reached out to Lovense to verify this comment and will update when we hear back.
This isn't Lovense's first security flub. Earlier this year, a butt plug made by the company ? the Hush ? was also found to be hackable. In the butt plug's case, the vulnerability had to do with Bluetooth, as opposed to the company spying on users. In a separate case unrelated to the Lovense, a company called We-Vibe was sued after after its Bluetooth-enabled vibrators allegedly collected and recorded users' personal information. The company ended up settling the class-action suit for $3.75 million. Then,
All of this is to say that if you're going to purchase connected sex toys, do your research. Trust in the toys' makers is essential. Still, vulnerabilities exist in any smart device, so recognize the risks before going online.
Correction 4:26 PM ET: This article previously stated that Lovense created the We-Vibe vibrator. This was incorrect, and we regret the error.
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Would I have thouhgt taht someone working at the sun had actually read and understood Frankenstein? No. But I would not expected them then to go out and belittle people that did ...SNOWFLAKE students claim Frankenstein’s monster was a misunderstood victim with feelings.
A professor has even suggested the lab-created murderer could be protected by human rights laws.English author Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein has terrified millions since it was first published in 1818.
In it, scientist Victor Frankenstein’s monster gets snubbed by society and then murders his creator’s brother, pal and bride. But an academic has revealed growing support for the beast in the introduction to a 200th anniversary edition of the book.
Prof Nick Groom, of Exeter University, said: “When I teach the book now, students are very sentimental towards the being. But he is a mass murderer.”
He then asked: “If he’s not human, but he is intelligent and sentient, does he have rights?”
Mary Shelley expert Professor David Punter, of Bristol University, said: “It’s a familiar story isn’t it, someone with a terrible upbringing going on to commit terrible crimes.
“The monster does deserve sympathy. “I don’t believe he would qualify as human and I’m not sure he would qualify under any kind of animal rights regulations either. I think the poor chap would rather fall in between two stools.”