A security flaw in an internet-connected male chastity device could allow hackers to remotely lock it — leaving users trapped, researchers have warned.
The Cellmate, produced by Chinese firm Qiui, is a cover that clamps on the base of the male genitals with a hardened steel ring, and does not have a physical key or manual override.
The locking mechanism is controlled with a smartphone app via Bluetooth — marketed as both an anti-cheating and a submission sex play device — but security researchers have found multiple flaws that leave it vulnerable to hacking.
“We discovered that remote attackers could prevent the Bluetooth lock from being opened, permanently locking the user in the device. There is no physical unlock,” British security firm Pen Test Partners said Tuesday.
“An angle grinder or other suitable heavy tool would be required to cut the wearer free.”
More than a third of reptile species are bought and sold online in often-unregulated international trade, researchers said Tuesday, warning of the impact on wild populations of a pet market that puts a bounty on rare and newly discovered animals.
Even endangered species and those with small habitats—such as the speckled cape tortoise and Seychelles tiger chameleon—are bought and sold in online forums, according to the new study by researchers in Thailand and China, who found that three-quarters of trade is in species not covered by international regulation.
The market primarily caters to buyers in Europe and North America—the British Federation for Herpetologists has reported that there are more pet reptiles than dogs in Britain.
But unlike most other pets, the study found that 90 percent of traded reptile species and half of traded individuals are captured from the wild.