Some are passing fads and quickly fade into obscurity, but some have staying power and have helped create entirely new product categories that never even existed before. It wasn’t really even a thing until suddenly it was a thing, and now it’s a whole separate category of devices with several subcategories (i.e. Security cameras have been Internet-connected for many years, but recently, manufacturers have started to come up with increasingly novel ways to sell what is essentially the same device by re-purposing it to perform a new task.
One of the first attempts to take the security camera and use it in a new way was the introduction of the Internet-connected Video Baby Monitor.
Users can pair the devices to their smartphones via the accompanying mobile app We-Connect.
The vibrators' features can then be remotely controlled.
Significantly less information about users has been leaked, however — while Ashley Madison included everything from photos and sexual preferences to addresses, the Friend Finder breach is limited to more basic information like email addresses, passwords, and registration dates.
That said, given the nature of the sites affected, it has the potential to be compromising to some users if the data starts circulating widely.
The duo were inspired to tackle this topic after a webcam controversy within Pennsylvania's Lower Merion School District.
This data included the date and time of each use, details of vibration settings, temperature and battery life - all of which was linked to users’ personal email addresses within the company servers in Canada."We show a vulnerability in the i Sight webcam that affects a particular range of Apple computers
that can be exploited to turn on the camera and capture images and video without the indicator illuminating." By doing so, the team was able to capture video and photos unbeknownst to the person in front of the computer's camera.Brocker and Checkoway focused their testing on older machines, like the i Mac G5 and Intel-based i Macs, Mac Books, and Mac Book Pros from 2008 and earlier, so it's unclear if newer machines are also vulnerable.It was intended as a means to locate lost or stolen laptops, but was apparently activated in more questionable circumstances as well.Canadian sex toy manufacturer We-Vibe has agreed to pay million CAD (roughly £3 million) after being accused of serious failures to protect customer data.