Smart devices can be too smart at times. Excessive enthusiasm for options that are often not needed for the functionality of the gadget can bring not very pleasant surprises. Last month, it was reported that vulnerabilities in Bosh’s thermostats and smart wrenches could render them inoperable, or allow attackers to use them as a backdoor to move on to other victim devices. This time, the news is even more interesting – we are talking about a vibrator that tried to steal the user’s personal data during the charging process.

A Malwarebytes customer who uses a premium version of the antivirus program of the same name (a scanner that detects malware, viruses, and hacking attempts in real time) told the company that Malwarebytes Premium blocked a malware attempt to infect her computer after the user plugged the vibrator into a USB port to charge.

Spencer’s Sexology Pussy Power Vibrator with 8 bullet-shaped functions (in case you need to know something) has been infected by the Lumma information stealer available under the “Malware-as-a-Service” model – this is when some cybercriminals pay others to access malware and their infrastructure. Lumma steals two-factor authentication data and information from cryptocurrency wallets and browser extensions. This software is usually distributed through mailing lists, but also through infected USB drives, as it turned out.

The question of how the vibrator became infected remains open. The victim purchased it at Spencer’s. Spencer’s representatives acknowledged that such a problem exists, and that it is currently being investigated. And while they are drying their brains over whether to add computer viruses to the list of STIs, security experts remind that it is better to charge smart gadgets through a good old outlet, and if this is not possible, use a USB condom (an adapter that blocks access to pins that transmit and receive data, leaving open only those intended for power), always have antivirus programs on your devices, And treat dubious gadgets the same way as a “flash drive” found in the park – do not look at what is there, because it is interesting, and in no case connect them to your computer.

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