Fido might be man's best friend, but smart devices designed to track pets' movements and activity could be your worst enemy if attackers manage to capitalize on any of the dozen vulnerabilities researchers recently observed in them.
In a May 22 blog post, Kaspersky Lab researchers Roman Unuchek and Roland Sako warn that malicious hackers could exploit flaws found in these IoT products or their corresponding mobile apps to disable the devices' services, cause them to receive and execute commands from an unauthorized party, or perform man-in-middle attacks that intercept transmitted data.Read more
Tired of your Lyft driver not knowing exactly where you are? A new extremely accurate GPS chip could help solve that problem — all while consuming half the power of current chips.
Broadcom's BCM47755 chip will allow smartphones to be accurate within 30 centimeters, the company said at a conference in Portland. That's compared to the current standard of 3 to 5 meters, the company said. Broadcom also said the BCM47755 would be more effective in cities than older chips. All of this would make them very useful for location-based apps. For example, lane-level knowledge of the vehicle's location vastly improves the turn-by-turn navigation performance.Read more
Login data for more than half a million records tied to vehicle tracking device company SVR Tracking have leaked online, potentially exposing the personal and vehicle data of drivers and businesses using its service.
The leaked repository was first spotted by the Kromtech Security Center, which blamed a misconfigured Amazon AWS S3 bucket that was left publicly accessible for an unknown period of time for the breach. Kromtech first noticed the cache on Sept. 18, according to experts, and the bucket was closed from public access hours after the security company alerted SVR on Sept. 20. The records included user login info like emails and passwords.Read more
Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities are able to keep permanent tabs on their movements.
The compulsory measure is being rolled out in the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, a sprawling region that borders Central Asia and sees regular eruptions of deadly violence. The move comes amid an apparent spike in killing that authorities blame on Islamist extremists and separatists but experts say is also fuelled by ethnic friction between Han Chinese migrants and members of the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority to whom Xinjiang is home.Read more
From GPS system to satellite radio to wireless locks, today vehicles are more connected to networks than ever, and so they are more hackable than ever. It is not new for security researchers to hack connected cars.
Latest in the series of hackable connected cars is the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. An expert has discovered vulnerabilities in the Mitsubishi Outlander's Wi-Fi console that could allow hackers to access the vehicle remotely and turn off car alarms before potentially stealing it. The company has embedded the Wi-Fi module inside the car so that its users can connect with their Mitsubishi mobile app to this Wi-Fi and send commands to the car.Read more
A new malware scam is posing as a speeding ticket email with a fake link that is said to load malicious code onto users' computers. The emails, sent to at least few local residents in Tredyffrin, Pennsylvania, purport to come from the local police department.
Malware emails that masquerade as something official are not rare, but these messages are fairly unique: they are said to contain accurate speeding data, including street names, speed limits, and actual driving speeds, according to the Tredyffrin Police Department, located close to Philadelphia. It's suspected that the data is coming from an app with permission to track phone GPS data.Read more
Underground subways offer no place to hide from hackers. Determined hackers can track the movements of millions of subway riders around the world even as they go underground by breaking into smartphone motion detectors, new research from Chinese academics reveals.
The ability to track subway riders represents a significant cybersecurity threat to the tens of millions of people who use public transportation every day. There are more than 5.5 million daily New York City subway passengers, and over half of those people are carrying smartphones, thus exposing themselves to tracking.Read more
Those convicted of domestic violence offences in Australia may have to wear GPS tracking ankle bracelets if an initiative by the Australian government goes ahead. The devices will monitor the movements of repeat offenders who pose a risk to their partners, children and other family members.
The government will take the proposal to the Council of Australian Governments for consideration by Australia's states and territories. Parliamentary research into domestic violence in Australia in 2014 found the issue was widespread. GPS tracking will work for those who have a criminal history.Read more
Modern automobiles are logging tremendous amounts of information every single second they’re being put to use, and a senior executive at the Ford Motor Company says car manufacturers have access to every last piece of it.
At the CES electronic trade show in Las Vegas this week, the global vice president for Ford’s marketing and sales division opened up about just exactly how much data is being collected by his company’s latest line of smart cars.
“We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing,” Ford’s Jim Farley told a Vegas crowd on Wednesday, according to Business Insider reporter Jim Edwards.Read more