fitness tracker

Smashing Security podcast #189: DNA cock-up, Garmin hack, and virtual kidnappings

Why are students faking their own kidnappings? What’s the story behind Garmin’s ransomware attack? And a genetic genealogy website suffers a hack or two.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Ray REDACTED.

Garmin staggers back online after ransomware attack

Garmin’s online services are beginning to come back to life after it was hit badly by ransomware last week.

But did it pay a ransom to its attackers or not?

Garmin knocked out by ransomware attack

Garmin, the wearable tech company famous for its GPS fitness trackers and activity smartwatches, is suffering a global outage – and ransomware appears to be to blame.

Smashing Security podcast #063: Carole’s back!

Fitness trackers breaching your privacy, how anyone can create convincing celebrity porn, and how ransomware authors are getting ripped off by scammers.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.

Privacy of fitness tracking apps in the spotlight after soldiers’ exercise routes shared online

People exercising on far-flung military bases are being exposed by their fitness tracker.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

Some fitness trackers falling short on security, reveals new report

Manufacturers of several different fitness wristbands continue to pay insufficient attention to security, reveals a new investigation.

David Bisson reports.

How your smartwatch or fitness tracker could reveal your ATM PIN

Hackers could record minute fine-grained movements from the sensors embedded in wearable fitness tracking devices and then determine your PIN code or password, researchers discover.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Wearable fitness trackers tested for data leakage and poor security

Nine different wearable fitness trackers have been put under the microscope, in order to explore how well they are protecting users’ data.

And it’s not all good news…