"I started freaking out a bit," he added. "I was just panicking at this point."Summers is one of several people who purchased a chastity cage device called Cellmate and produced by Qiui, a China-based manufacturer. Some of the device's owners got their accounts—and thus their devices as well—hacked at the end of last year, after security researchers warned that the manufacturer left an exposed and vulnerable API, which could allow hackers to take control of the devices.
"I don't have a scar or anything but I was bleeding and it fucking hurt."
At that point, Summers and his partner started brainstorming ways to get his penis out of the cage. At home, they only had a hammer, so they went out and bought a pair of bolt cutters. His partner tried first, but she couldn't break through. So Summers had to do it himself. The way he was holding his penis put it "in a dangerous spot," he said, so it was "very scary." Nonetheless, he was able to break the cage, but the cutters still cut through him, he said. "I don't have a scar or anything but I was bleeding and it fucking hurt," Summers said. Because of the cut, Summers and his partner were not able to have sex for over a month, according to him. This incident also made Summers reconsider using internet-connected devices, especially those that go around his most private parts."If you're into it, that's fine, because you're into what you're into," he told me. "But use a lock, a physical lock in case. These digital things, you cannot trust them."After he got out of the Cellmate, he threw it away and deleted the app. The whole experience did not leave him a physical scar, but definitely traumatized him. While this was obviously not the same as a physical assault or harassment, it was a bit like that. "A stranger coming into that world that's supposed to be just you and you and your partner, or you and someone else," Summers said. "And they are there without your consent. They're doing that to you, and there's nothing you can do about it."
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