Child Safety Smartwatches Easy to Hack

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Child Safety Smartwatches Easy to Hack
Short Title Security Flaws Were Found in Smartwatches Designed For Kids
Location Global
Date 2017

Solove Harm Surveillance, Insecurity, Aggregation, Exclusion, Disclosure, Increased Accessibility, Intrusion
Information Identifying, Behavioral, Authenticating, Location, Computer Device
Threat Actors Smartwatches like Gator and GPS for Kids

Affected Children with smart devices
High Risk Groups Children
Tangible Harms Anxiety, Death, Bodily Injury

Smartwatches for kids like Gator and GPS were found to have insecurities.


The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids and found security issues.Insecurity They discovered that attackers could track Surveillance, eavesdrop or even communicateIntrusion with the wearers. The NCC said it was concerned that Gator and GPS for Kids' watches transmitted and stored data without encryption. That meant strangers, using basic hacking techniques, could track children as they moved, or make a child appear to be in a completely different location.

The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. UK retailer John Lewis has withdrawn one of the named smartwatch models from sale in response.

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