Vibrator Maker Fined $4 Million CAD for Tracking Customer Sexual Activity

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  1. cageymaru

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    Canadian vibrator manufacturer, We-Vibe, has been fined $4 million Canadian dollars for tracking their customer's sexual activity without permission. Not only did they track their sexual activity illegally, the IoT device was open to hacks. Customers that used the associated app with the device were tracked and entitled to the full payment amount of $10,000 CAD. All other customers were eligible for a $199 CAD payout.

    The vibrator was marketed as a way to “allow couples to keep their flame ignited – together or apart”. The app not only collected heat data and usage activity for parent company Standard Innovation to track users, the IoT device was easily hacked by anyone on Bluetooth within range of it. So you might think that your partner is sending you some vibes, but it actually might be coming from the 1337 h4x0r on the bus with you. Creepy! Truth be told we've known that dildos connected to the internet were subject to hacking for years.

    The flaws with the We-Vibe sex toy were first revealed at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas in 2016 by New Zealand-based hackers “goldfisk” and “follower”. Speaking there, the pair argued that the problem was a “serious issue”: “unwanted activation of a vibrator is potentially sexual assault”, follower said.

    In a statement given to press, Standard Innovation said: “At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously. We have enhanced our privacy notice, increased app security, provided customers [with] more choice in the data they share, and we continue to work with leading privacy and security experts to enhance the app. With this settlement, Standard Innovation can continue to focus on making new, innovative products for our customers.”
     
  2. Master_shake_

    Master_shake_ [H]ardForum Junkie

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    there are no words...

    except hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!11111111!!1111!1

    but that's not a word.
     
  3. Jim Kim

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    How to make 10k the easy way.

    Yells "Hey MOM"
     
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  4. osarion

    osarion n00b

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    I wonder if the payments will be sent out in unmarked plain brown envelopes?
     
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    Really IoT dildos? :rolleyes:
     
  6. [21CW]killerofall

    [21CW]killerofall Aliens...

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    Is there a rule (like Rule 34 for porn) that states if some electronic device exists, someone has made a connected version? Because there should be if there isn't one.
     
  7. Dead Parrot

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    Did anyone complain before the security issues were disclosed? Wonder if the new security features include custom buzz patterns so the recipient can know who is sending?

    Flip the numbers and call it Rule 43 since there is already an IoT Porn Device.

    How long before these get paired with VR headsets?
     
  8. Doward

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    You know perfectly well someone's already well on their way to working on that app....
     
  9. ChoGGi

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    Yes, they saw it coming...
     
  10. rezerekted

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    "At Standard Innovation we take customer privacy and data security seriously."

    That's what they all say when they get caught. And they are all lying scum too.
     
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    Guess the customers really got dicked over....
     
  12. viscountalpha

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    That really rubbed some people the wrong way.
     
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  13. DeathFromBelow

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    What a bunch of wankers.
     
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    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    A man can't even send good vibes to people anymore.
     
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  15. Master_shake_

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    they say that their customers were literally shaking.
     
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    Gigantopithecus [H]ardOCP Case Reviewer

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    This is not how to achieve market penetration.
     
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    Looks like they will be balls deep in bills.
     
  18. westrock2000

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    God damn it. Why is this happening?

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  19. Insula Gilliganis

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    As a courtesy, shouldn't someone warn JoshTekk??

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    (bigger version here)
     
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    Asking for a friend, how would my friend put his name into the ring to get this $200 payout???
     
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    >So you might think that your partner is sending you some vibes, but it actually might be coming from the 1337 h4x0r on the bus with you. Creepy!

    um.. if your using a vibrator ON THE BUS.. i think there are bigger issues going on then whether you have been hacked..

    hahahaha
     
  22. Calavaro

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    I wish I could get in on the sweet sweet $10k cash train!
     
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    Still waiting for the inevitable Internet of Dongs DDOS attack.
     
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    This thread is very punny.
     
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    So there is a light at the end of the tunnel, eh?
     
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    I haven't heard so many bad puns since I last watched Game Theory.
     
  28. dgz

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    My wife told me about this last night. I couldn't believe people would install an APP for such a thing.
     
  29. Nobified[H]

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    People pay for this shit? Time to collapse the economy!
     
  30. zUg_zUg

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    wtf... they just settled out... no court and no reason. just saying they werent at fault...
     
  31. EvilWays

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    Would that be DDDoS (Distributed Dong Denial of Service)?
     
  32. aokman

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    Is that 10k per use? The mrs will be a millionare :)
     
  33. Dekoth-E-

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    The fact that people bought an internet connected dildo just blows my mind. I'm not sure why people continuing to lower the bar of stupidity really surprises me anymore.
     
  34. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    Lovers with distance due to work/travels? Allows one to have a little better sexy time over the phone/Skype/whatever.
     
  35. Dekoth-E-

    Dekoth-E- [H]ardness Supreme

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    Yeaaaa..no. Nothing about that doesn't sound like a security nightmare waiting to happen.
     
  36. alxlwson

    alxlwson You Know Where I Live

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    Well, if we didn't have all these noobs doing IOT devices without any friction(edit: lol, encryption), this wouldn't be a problem.
     
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