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      Kirsty
      Da Boss

      Security flaws in children’s smartwatches make them vulnerable to hackers

      It’s another IoT security flaw – attackers can hack smartwatches to monitor the wearer’s location, eavesdrop on conversations or even communicate with the child.

      Danny Palmer | October 18, 2017

       
      Internet connected smartwatches for children have been found to contain security vulnerabilities which allow hackers access to track the wearer’s location, eavesdrop on conversations or even communicate with the child user.

      And with some of these devices, data is transmitted and stored without encryption, says an investigation by the Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC).

      Working alongside security firm Mnemonic, the NCC tested several smartwatches for children and found that they contained security flaws and unreliable safety features – including one which could allow an attacker to fake the location of the user – and lacked protection for consumers.

       
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      Kirsty
      Da Boss

      EU: Kids’ GPS Watches Have So Many Security Flaws They Should Not Be in Stores
      By Catalin Cimpanu | October 19, 2017

       
      The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has issued a public service announcement on the security and privacy concerns surrounding modern children’s smartwatches.

      The report warns that most children’s GPS-tracking smartwatches are rife with security flaws that allow an attacker to take control over the device, eavesdrop on the child’s conversations, or turn on the smartwatch camera and film or take pictures.

      Further, the attacker can track the smartwatch’s GPS location or send fake GPS coordinates to the watch’s paired app, misleading parents about their child’s location.

      In addition, BEUC found that the SOS button on some of these watches is unreliable and hackers could replace the emergency phone number with their own.

      Besides software security, the report also warns about privacy issues, such as non-existent terms and conditions that allow vendors to collect user data without warning or giving parents a way to stop this behavior or remove the child’s collected data.

       
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      MrJimPhelps
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      It may take some massive lawsuits to get these companies to pay more attention to security. If a critical flaw could put you out of business, you’ll do your best to make sure that there are no flaws of any kind.

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