Thursday, June 11, 2015
Samsung and LG smartwatches sending personal data to researchers, none of it is encrypted!
In a world of identity theft there is one thing we can all agree upon, privacy! We all want privacy when it comes to health and finance. Researchers at the University of New Haven showed just how much they can get just off of your watch, specifically from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the LG G Watch. From the LG Watch they can extract calendar, contacts, and pedometer data. This is nothing compared to what they can extract from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. They can extract health data, emails, messages and contacts. None of the retrieved data was encrypted!
"It was not very difficult to get the data, but expertise and research was required," said Ibrahim Baggili, director of the university's Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHCFREG). He and co-authors Jeff Oduru, Kyle Anthony, Frank Breitinger and Glenn McGee plan to present their findings in a paper for a digital forensics conference in August.
Data encryption is becoming more and more necessary. With it so easy to get data from these devices it is a necessity. You can find out more about data encryption here.
Not a whole lot of people own smartwatches, but that number is rapidly growing. According to CNET, Market researcher Strategy Analytics said that in 2014 device makers including Samsung, LG, Motorola and Pebble shipped a total of only 4.6 million smartwatches worldwide, and while it forecasts a jump to 28.1 million in 2015.
Tell me what you think! Leave a comment and tell me if you would buy one of these watches knowing your personal data is at risk.