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Hundreds of GPS Location Tracking Services Leaving User Data Open to Hackers

Hundreds of GPS Location Tracking Services Leaving User Data Open to Hackers

January 04, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Security researchers have unearthed multiple vulnerabilities in hundreds of GPS services that could enable attackers to expose a whole host of sensitive data on millions of online location tracking devices managed by vulnerable GPS services. The series of vulnerabilities discovered by two security researchers, Vangelis Stykas and Michael Gruhn, who dubbed the bugs as ' Trackmageddon ' in a report , detailing the key security issues they have encountered in many GPS tracking services. Trackmageddon affects several GPS services that harvest geolocation data of users from a range of smart GPS-enabled devices, including children trackers, car trackers, pet trackers among others, in an effort to enable their owners to keep track of where they are. According to the researchers, the vulnerabilities include easy-to-guess passwords (such as 123456), exposed folders, insecure API endpoints, and insecure direct object reference (IDOR) issues. By exploiting these flaws, an unaut
Google Collects Android Location Data Even When Location Service Is Disabled

Google Collects Android Location Data Even When Location Service Is Disabled

November 21, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Do you own an Android smartphone? If yes, then you are one of those billions of users whose smartphone is secretly gathering location data and sending it back to Google. Google has been caught collecting location data on every Android device owner since the beginning of this year (that's for the past 11 months)—even when location services are entirely disabled, according to an investigation conducted by Quartz. This location-sharing practice doesn't want your Android smartphone to use any app, or turn on location services, or even have a SIM card inserted. All it wants is to have your Android device to be connected to the Internet. The investigation revealed that Android smartphones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers, and this data could be used for " Cell Tower Triangulation "—a technique widely used to identify the location of a phone/device using data from three or more nearby cell towers. Each time your Android device come
Hacking Fitbit Health Trackers Wirelessly in 10 Seconds

Hacking Fitbit Health Trackers Wirelessly in 10 Seconds

October 23, 2015Khyati Jain
Do you need a FitBit Tracker while jogging or running or even sleeping? Bad News! FitBit can be hacked that could allow hackers to infect any PC connected to it. What's more surprising? Hacking FitBit doesn't take more than just 10 Seconds . Axelle Aprville , a researcher at the security company Fortinet, demonstrated "How to hack a Fitbit in only 10 seconds," at the Hack.Lu conference in Luxembourg. Aprville's test was a proof of concept (POC) that did not actually focus on executing malicious payload, rather a logical attack. By using only Bluetooth, Aprville was able to modify data on steps and distance. However, she said it is possible to infect the device in an attempt to spread malware to synced devices. Fitbit Flex tracker is a flexible wristband that measures health statistics, such as blood pressure and heart rate. The Flex is a product of Fitbit, and its salient features are: It can wake you up with a silent vibrati
Tinder Online Dating app vulnerability revealed Exact Location of Users

Tinder Online Dating app vulnerability revealed Exact Location of Users

February 20, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Using Popular Online Dating app - Tinder on iPhone ?? Then you are at significant risk that exposed members' private information without their knowledge. Online Dating app Tinder, available for the iPhone from the app store , has become incredibly popular in the past few months. Tinder app allows you to find dates nearby your location within a few miles and connects you with them, but a vulnerability allowed the attacker to potentially pinpoint your exact location to within 100 feet. Security Researchers at Include Security discovered that Tinder GPS vulnerability making members vulnerable to hackers. The Security flaw was discovered by the company last October, that enabled any member with some programming skills to access the app's API (Application Programming Interface) to get the exact latitude and longitude for another member. " Due to Tinder's architecture, it is not possible for one Tinder user to know if another took advantage of this vu
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