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Hackers can grab personal data from your smartwatch

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Hackers can grab personal data from your smartwatch
A group of "white hat" hackers (wearing white hats means that they are good guys) have tested how secure smartwatches are, and the truth is that the hackers were able to swipe personal information out of the LG G Watch, the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and eight other models. Dr. Frank Breitinger, assistant professor and associate director of the University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group, wanted to see if any of the information inside the timepieces was encrypted. The answer was "No."

Without encryption, data like contacts, emails, messages and even your health and fitness data can be swiped by the bad guys. Later this month, the Doctor's group plans on making a presentation in Toulouse, France. Titled "Watch what you wear: preliminary forensic analysis of smartwatches," the presentation will show how the data inside your smartwatch can be quite a haul for criminals looking to steal personal information.

A recent study tested 10 smartwatches and found that all of them were open to attack thanks to lack of encryption, and authentication that was not secure. The question is whether users would be willing to give up the convenience of having all of this information on their wrist if it means no longer living with the constant threat of someone stealing it,

The Information Technology Industry Council and the Software & Information Industry Association wrote a letter to President Obama explaining that while law enforcement agencies do occasionally need to access unencrypted info from smartphones, smartwatches and tablets, this shouldn't preclude Americans from being able to encrypt certain data to prevent criminals from gaining access to it. In the letter, the two groups said, "We appreciate that, where appropriate, law enforcement has the legitimate need for certain information to combat crime and threats. However, mandating the weakening of encryption or encryption 'work-arounds' is not the way to address this need."

"Smartwatches have only just started to become a part of our lives, but they deliver a new level of functionality that could potentially open the door to new threats to sensitive information and activities. As the adoption of smartwatches accelerates, the platform will become vastly more attractive to those who would abuse that access, making it critical that we take precautions when transmitting personal data or connecting smartwatches into corporate networks."-Jason Schmitt, general manager, HP Security, Fortify

What smartwatch wearers need to know is that their timepiece does store data, and info like credit cards and account numbers can be stolen from your watch just like it can be taken from your phone.

source: WPLG

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posted on 04 Aug 2015, 04:53 11

1. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

I am surprised there is no mention of the Apple Watch in this article, since it has been tested and found insecure as well.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 05:18 12

2. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)

It is strange how the Apple Watch is mysteriously omitted from this article, especially since Apple is mentioned in the source article as one of the companies contacted about the vulnerabilities. It's as if phonearena doesn't want individuals to know that the Apple Watch has these vulnerabilities. Things like this are why phonearena gets nicknamed iPhonearena.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 05:35 8

3. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Their own source (local10) doesn't mention it either.. but does mention the same watches as PA. This is how media influence the general perception of things.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 06:34

4. adecvat (Posts: 316; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Apple data protection is superior.compared to wear trash.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 07:05 9

5. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Yet the Apple watch has been compromised as well. More dumb comments?

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 07:28 4

6. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14136; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)



all computers are insecure period and can be hacked. iOS obviously isnt hard to hack thus jailbreaks. Why would the watch be any different? Same OS just a new name and more stripped down.

Everyone believes Apple hardware is so safe, yet Macs are hacks in less than 5 minutes while Windows PC takes more than 30 mins.

You must be stupid or a fool or both. But you dont have to be.
Doesn't matter because as a matter of fact, the vast majority of iFans have been lied too and they are so stupid that they dont care and it doesnt even matter.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 07:41 2

7. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)



Yes really superior

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 08:10 3

8. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Agreed. This is why so many consumers feel Apple devices are safer and superior to other devices, when in actuality, they're not.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 08:29 3

9. zacsaturday (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 May 2014)

I got really confused: hackers can grab personal data from your sandwich. What the f*$#. Then I realised that it said smartwatch.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 09:39 3

10. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3526; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

You should really eat before reading Phonearena ;)

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 09:58

11. My1cent (Posts: 370; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

LoL... study your personality from handwriting, sandwich, etc.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 10:38 2

12. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Alan F. caught again with his hand in the cookie jar.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 13:13

13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

So far, I'm not seeing the Samsung Gear S (which is running Tizen) on this list... O.o Cool.

posted on 04 Aug 2015, 13:31

14. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

But in a continuing thought I would say even "Automobiles" with computers in them are being hacked... And even "House Doors" are being hacked...


Computers are vulnerable to hackers, wherever they're installed. O.o

posted on 08 Jan 2016, 19:40

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