The hacker seized control of a number of chastity cages and told men that they would have to pay him a fee in bitcoin in order to regain control, according to screenshots of conversations recorded by a security researcher.
It was revealed in October 2020 that a security flaw in the Cellmate Chastity Cage meant that hackers could access it remotely and lock the cage permanently, meaning “anyone could remotely lock all devices and prevent users from releasing themselves”.
Now, it has been confirmed that a hacker was able to take control of men’s devices – which are often used by people in the BDSM community to prevent erections – according to screenshots obtained by a security researcher.
One man was told: “Your c**k is mine now” by a hacker who seized control remotely of his chastity cage, according to screenshots of conversations seen by a researcher known only as Smelly, who founded the website vx-underground.
Other victims interviewed by VICE also revealed their own traumatising experiences at the hands of the hacker.
One man, named only as Robert, said he was grateful that he was not wearing his chastity cage when the hacker contacted him to say that they had seized control of the device.
The hacker demanded 0.02 Bitcoin, which is $750 in today’s money, to unlock it. Robert checked his device and discovered that it had been locked and that he was unable to gain access to it.
Meanwhile, a victim called RJ said that he too was contacted by the hacker to say that they had taken control of his device.
He said: “I wasn’t the owner of the cage anymore so I didn’t have full control over the cage at any given moment.”
UK-based security research group Pen Test Partners first revealed last year that there was a vulnerability in the device that could allow it to be taken over by hackers.
The chastity cage can be locked by a trusted partner remotely over Bluetooth using a mobile app, but it is not password protected, meaning it can easily be hacked.
If the men who were targeted by hackers had been wearing the device at the time, they could have found themselves in something of a tight spot, researchers with Pen Test Partners said at the time.
Because the device is locked with a metal ring underneath the user’s penis, it would likely have to be removed using a heavy-duty bolt cutter.