LG and Samsung smartwatches leave private data unencrypted

Hackers can hack the private information from Samsung and LG smart watches with ease, investigators have come to an end that none among both of the brands encrypting private data. The researchers alert, both LG and Samsung watches are leaving personal data of users vulnerable and not keeping their privacy intact.

At the University of New Haven, researchers have exposed what they call private data from the Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the LG G Watch. On the LG G Watch, experts were able to grab pedometer, log book and contacts information. The G Watch additionally gave up the users email address, yet let’s be realistic, everybody has your email id. The Samsung Gear 2 Neo gave up email, health, contacts and messages data.

“It was not very difficult to get the data, but expertise and research was required,” said by Ibrahim Baggili (Cyber Researcher at New Haven University).

The experts, who are presently investigating whether the Apple Watch endures a comparative issue, believed they found themselves able to simply swipe information from both Android Wear and the Tizen watches by jabbing around the watches’ internal space and the cell phone to which they were connected.

They discovered all of this data, and none of it was safe. Your information is being open to hack by Samsung and LG.

Stephen Shankland from CNET said, “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.”

Samsung spokesperson said in a statement to CNET, “takes consumer privacy and security very seriously and our products are designed with privacy in mind. If at any time we identify a potential vulnerability, we act promptly to investigate and resolve the issue.”

On the other hand, LG said: “At LG, we take security very seriously and will make every effort to protect the privacy of our customers. As such, we make it a priority to investigate any and all breach of privacy issues related to LG products for immediate resolution.”

The University of New Heaven will release its complete findings in a white paper for a digital forensics meeting going to held in August 2015.

A senior research, Scott Lester said, “Many people wearing fitness devices don’t realise that they are broadcasting constantly and that these broadcasts can often be attributed to a unique device.”

He added, “Using cheap hardware or a smartphone, it could be possible to identify and locate a particular device – that may belong to a celebrity, politician or senior business executive – within 100 metres in the open air.”

Cybersecurity is turning into a major issue with every new electronic. Gadgets have twisted their way onto our wrists, in our pockets and even on our appearances. Google even advancing to put them specifically into your fabrics.

The more hardware around, the more rooms attackers can snatch your data from. Now security is turning into a greater issue than it was beforehand, and it was an enormous issue already – don’t you agree?

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Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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