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Sex Toy Company Admits To Recording Users' Remote Sex Sessions, Calls It a 'Minor Bug' (theverge.com) 81

According to Reddit user jolioshmolio, 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," reports The Verge. "The user 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." The app's behavior appears to be widespread as several others confirmed it too. From the report: 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. 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.

Sex Toy Company Admits To Recording Users' Remote Sex Sessions, Calls It a 'Minor Bug'

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  • Minor? (Score:5, Funny)

    by theweatherelectric ( 2007596 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @09:16PM (#55529327)
    It's not the size of the bug that counts, it's what you do with it.
  • by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @09:25PM (#55529347)

    In ancient Pompeii, brothel visitors used to document their sexual predilections with graffiti on the walls. These have proved to be very useful to archaeologists trying to understand what all those folks in Pompeii were up to.

    Maybe if they weren't fucking like bunnies, they might have noticed that a volcano protoplasmic wind was about to turn them into toast.

    Anyway . . . maybe these recorded "Remote Sexual Sessions" will be useful to archeologists in the future . . . ?

    • Maybe if they weren't fucking like bunnies, they might have noticed that a volcano protoplasmic wind was about to turn them into toast.

      "Honey, didn't the earth just quake?"

      "I'm pretty sure that was just my orgasm, dear."

      "OK, keep going!"

    • In ancient Pompeii, brothel visitors used to document their sexual predilections with graffiti on the walls

      In modern America (and probably elsewhere), we do this on bathroom stalls. I do not know what future archaeologists are going to glean from "Call 867-5309 for a good time", but it's probably not going to speak well about us.

      • In ancient Pompeii, brothel visitors used to document their sexual predilections with graffiti on the walls

        In modern America (and probably elsewhere), we do this on bathroom stalls.

        Oh, today we can hear about the sexual peccadilloes of politicians on CNN.

        "Yes, I was over thirty, and she was 14, but she was gagging for it!"

        Tough luck, Senator Roman Polanski.

      • In ancient Pompeii, brothel visitors used to document their sexual predilections with graffiti on the walls

        In modern America (and probably elsewhere), we do this on bathroom stalls. I do not know what future archaeologists are going to glean from "Call 867-5309 for a good time", but it's probably not going to speak well about us.

        My favorite, an oldie but goodie is:

        Those who write on shithouse walls,

        Roll their turds in little balls.

        Those who read these words of wit,

        Eat those little balls of shit.

    • Yes.

      Like when I play a song on Youtube or Amazon, and they recommend a "session" with a similar predilection.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      Just a reminder, the average IQ is 100 so fifty percent of the population is less than that. It takes all sorts and what amuses others will not amuse you. A remote control vibrating butt plug, why, in all honesty just why? I can only assume it is a fetish of Harley Davidson riders, that over the top noisy vibration up the crack of their arse (and make no mistake you are noisy douche bags, yeah people love to hear the sound of the bike in their lounge room as you dick parade past their house). Then again, it

      • Actually its so camsluts can make buttloads, pun intended, of money. I once knew a girl who made quite a bit of money with one of those remote vibrators, customers to her cam show could pay a set amount and control the vibrator for X number of minutes. Needless to say she is getting her higher education paid by horny old men and will not only leave college debt free but with have a nice nest egg to start her own business.
        • Our culture sucks and needs to end. Women forced to prostitute themselves just to get an education. What a shithole we live in.
          • Dude if you had given her a 100% free education she still would have done it because for a couple of hours a day she earns more than most of us can make in a couple of weeks which means when she starts her business she won't have to deal with banks or investors, quite smart on her part and unlike actual prostitution 100% safe and totally on her terms.
            • While that "particular" student may have still been a webcam girl for the easy money, many and probably most only do it out of necessity in order to cover the expenses during a time when working while a full-time student for enough money is tough. So, a significant reduction in the cost of college saves at least these chics.

              • While that "particular" student may have still been a webcam girl for the easy money, many and probably most only do it out of necessity in order to cover the expenses during a time when working while a full-time student for enough money is tough. So, a significant reduction in the cost of college saves at least these chics.

                They ought to have student loans or something.

                Seriously, assuming you are a liberal based on the concept that you're promoting the idea that this is a helpless yet strong victim woman who is forced into a life of depravity by the patriarchy, you are simply wrong.

                If a woman is of an outlook that she can make money by strutting her stuff on the internet and that it is no problem for her, then she might do that. If she finds that to be unacceptable, she won't. My SO has had offers, and she's just said "N

            • So all women are whores, eh? You misogynist piece of shit. Go die in a fire.
              • Wow the misogynist POS here is you, thinking that woman cannot have control of her own body and enjoy her sexuality without being somehow "exploited". Maybe you should try not thinking of women as property and instead as actual human beings with their own desires and the ability to think for themselves, what a sexist tool you are.
          • by Cederic ( 9623 )

            Women forced

            Whatever makes you think they're forced? Shit, I'd happily have been a cam-boy at university if there had been a market for it. Lets face it, I was going to masturbate anyway, may as well make money from it.

          • Our culture sucks and needs to end. Women forced to prostitute themselves just to get an education. What a shithole we live in.

            Who is forcing them? They must have a moral set that allows them to justify this sort of activity.

            I don't really care one way or the other if a woman does this or a man engages in this sort of activity with her. As long as it is consenting adults, it is none of my business I do not find the concept of remote control vibrators remotely exciting myself, but would no more pass judgement on her than I would on a person who prefers homosexual sex, or a transgendered person.

            • She wouldn't be prostituting herself if it were not for the crippling cost of education. Fuck you misogynist pieces of shit for trying to justify this sexist state of affairs.
              • She wouldn't be prostituting herself if it were not for the crippling cost of education. Fuck you misogynist pieces of shit for trying to justify this sexist state of affairs.

                What's the matter with you dude? Your incredible stupid tactic of blaming men for this is ridiculous. You know how many women do not pay for their college education by becoming a stripper or a "cam whore"?

                Almost every woman who goes to college, that is who. Somehow they manage. So lay off your gaddamned sanctimonious blame shifting, and grow up.

                Her body, her decision, no one else.

          • Our culture sucks and needs to end. Women forced to prostitute themselves just to get an education. What a shithole we live in.

            Forced? Nothing forced about it. I actually know one of the girls registered on MyFreeCams. She's an educated and practicing nurse. She will also pay off her house faster than I will on an engineering wage considering how much money she makes camwhoring. Or at least she would if she didn't spend it all on her lavish lifestyle.

            The only problem in our world is people with prejudices talking out of their arse.

        • by Mal-2 ( 675116 )

          Yep, I know a geologist that paid her way through school by working in strip clubs and doing cam shows. Once she had her degree, she disappeared from public view for nine months to do field studies, and when she came back she had no need of her old strip club job -- or the cam show income, for that matter, but she went back to doing shows anyhow. She was also the only one in her class (according to her own words) that left school with more money than she had going in.

          Not all of the women doing shows are vap

          • Not all of the women doing shows are vapid. Some are, but others simply see no harm in taking advantage of being hot, while simultaneously pursuing their long-term goals.

            Yes, there are some local ladies who are paying for their education this way. Not my cup of tea, but tI'm not going to judge them. Supply and demand I suppose.

            What is really weird is how while liberals had championed acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism (which I have no trouble accepting at all) and many of the more whacked out ones have demanded the ridiculoushundreds of "genders" bullshit, they get outraged by this sort of activity.

            I think it needs framed in a way that they will accept. Wh

        • by cwatts ( 622605 )

          underrated comment!

      • by Mal-2 ( 675116 )

        A remote control vibrating butt plug, why, in all honesty just why?

        Two words.

        Camwhores.

        Tips.

        It's an extremely popular way to generate "activity", on both sides of the transaction.

      • Just a reminder, the average IQ is 100 so fifty percent of the population is less than that.

        The term you are looking for is median.

        With an average you could have 99% with scores below 100 and 1% with higher scores. Or the 99% could be higher and 1% lower. The average is simply the sum divided by the count with no connection to distribution.

        The median (or 50th percentile) is value in the center where roughly half are above and the other half are below. It can't really be half on either side though since it is actually ((count - 1) / 2). It also doesn't account for a cluster at the center where you

    • by r1348 ( 2567295 )

      Maybe you meant pyroclastic flow?

    • interesting ... a dildo with a mic ... that sends your juices sounding off across the planet .... ALSO interesting ... mmh .... somewhat ... i guess, if you're a serious exhibitionist
  • FYI (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    In case you care, Lovesense is very popular among cam-girl sites. Yes, there are guys on these sites, but nobody cares about them. And by all means, do add links to such sites as a response to this post.

  • Obligatory (Score:5, Funny)

    by DontBeAMoran ( 4843879 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @09:33PM (#55529371)

    Earlier this year, a butt plug made by the company -- the Hush -- was also found to be hackable.

    backdoor

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Yo dawg, we heard you like back doors, so we put a back door in your back door ... for the lulz.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Friday November 10, 2017 @09:38PM (#55529379)

    Why don't you post the file, so we can draw an informed opinion?

  • ...would anyone listen to random people with too much disposable income bumping uglies?

    Hell, we turn on music so we donâ(TM)t listen to ourselves.

    • The recordings could be used to dub in sound effects in other movies or video games... Or maybe the directors of porn are looking for good dialogue ideas...
  • as opposed to the company spying on users

    If the recordings never left the phone, the company wasn't spying.

  • lasting six minutes

    Story checks out.

  • I hooe im not the only one that got a good laugh out of the name they gave the butt plug....

  • Ultimately this has potential to recreate "sex sessions of the stars". How long will it be before everyone is able to record and playback and relive those intimate moments? "Sex tapes" will become passe', when compared to fully interactive virtual experiences being passed around, or sold, by the companies that sold you the basic hardware to play with, years after you first played with it. Maybe standard protocols for sexual interaction will emerge, like MIDI values for every basic position in the kama sutra
  • The moral of the story: in your sex toys, always use only open-source software that you compiled yourself.
  • A butt plug is hackable? Of course it is. What's so weird about it?

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