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A new age of espionage

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One area that people don't seem to be worrying about but maybe should are fitness trackers - putting out information all the time which could be used as a person tracker. Like getting people to wear electronic tags that they pay for themselves.
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One area that people don't seem to be worrying about but maybe should are fitness trackers - putting out information all the time which could be used as a person tracker. Like getting people to wear electronic tags that they pay for themselves.
Your phone already works like that. Your computer. Anything that's connected to something.
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Your phone already works like that. Your computer. Anything that's connected to something.
But I don't have my computer with me 24/7 nor even my phone but a fitness tracker is always worn. I can leave my phone somewhere and go off and the fact that I and my phone have separated can't be detected but a fitness tracker will show if you aren't wearing it
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Cyber kid stuns experts showing toys can be 'weapons'
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An 11-year-old "cyber ninja" stunned an audience of security experts Tuesday by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a teddy bear and show how interconnected smart toys "can be weaponised".

American wunderkind Reuben Paul, may be still only in 6th grade at his school in Austin, Texas, but he and his teddy bear Bob wowed hundreds at a timely cyber security conference in The Netherlands.

"From airplanes to automobiles, from smart phones to smart homes, anything or any toy can be part of the" Internet of Things (IOT)," he said, a small figure pacing the huge stage at the World Forum in The Hague.

"From terminators to teddy bears, anything or any toy can be weaponised."

To demonstrate, he deployed his cuddly bear, which connects to the iCloud via WiFi and Bluetooth smart technology to receive and transmit messages.

Plugging into his laptop a rogue device known as a "raspberry pi" -- a small credit card size computer -- Reuben scanned the hall for available Bluetooth devices, and to everyone's amazement including his own suddenly downloaded dozens of numbers including some of top officials.

Then using a computer language programme, called Python, he hacked into his bear via one of the numbers to turn on one of its lights and record a message from the audience.

"Most internet-connected things have a blue-tooth functionality ... I basically showed how I could connect to it, and send commands to it, by recording audio and playing the light," he told AFP later.
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All of the convenience of these things leads to them being unsecure and "hackable". It is a sobering thought.
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But I don't have my computer with me 24/7 nor even my phone but a fitness tracker is always worn. I can leave my phone somewhere and go off and the fact that I and my phone have separated can't be detected but a fitness tracker will show if you aren't wearing it
Actually, smart phones can track whether you are carrying them or not.

And they have both video, audio, and gps capabilities.
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Actually, smart phones can track whether you are carrying them or not.

And they have both video, audio, and gps capabilities.
Only if they are linked with something like a smart watch or a fitness tracker otherwise all you get is if it is in motion or still so my point stands
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Only if they are linked with something like a smart watch or a fitness tracker otherwise all you get is if it is in motion or still so my point stands
Nope. A smart phone has the same distance-reading capability as the fitness tracker. What is doesn't have is the heartbeat monitor and the reporting software (to the user) that the FitBit stuff has.

We hack smart phones all the time. You're behind the technological curve, 5.

I had to go ask the narcs (who also burn and hack phones) before I replied.
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Nope. A smart phone has the same distance-reading capability as the fitness tracker. What is doesn't have is the heartbeat monitor and the reporting software (to the user) that the FitBit stuff has.

We hack smart phones all the time. You're behind the technological curve, 5.
then so is my smart phone and billions like it - moral buy a cheaper SP and stay below the radar
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then so is my smart phone and billions like it - moral buy a cheaper SP and stay below the radar
For the moment, yes.

Keeping in mind that smart TVs and fridges are likewise surveillance devices...
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IoT enabled devices typically add connectivity to things like refrigerators that aren't made by mainstream IT companies. The manufacturer is buying the communications chip in bulk from the lowest bidder. It's a supply chain who's links are not anywhere near the front edge of computer security. Everything I've see so far indicates these devices are riddled with security holes.

Which brings to mind a question, Samsung makes a full range of computer gear and household appliances. So are their smart appliances any more secure than the rest of the pack?
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GAO warns IoT system security spread too thin could create cyber gaps, increase risk

"But a recent technology assessment from the Government Accountability Office shows inconsistencies in the public and private sectors’ adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), leaving the increasingly popular network — and the people and devices that depend on it — vulnerable to harm."

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Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con

Marcus Hutchins, AKA MalwareTech, previously registered a specific domain included in the ransomware’s code, which stopped the malware from spreading.

On Wednesday, US authorities detained a researcher who goes by the handle MalwareTech, best known for stopping the spread of the WannaCry ransomware virus.
In May, WannaCry infected hospitals in the UK, a Spanish telecommunications company, and other targets in Russia, Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, and more. Marcus Hutchins, a researcher from cybersecurity firm Kryptos Logic, inadvertently stopped WannaCry in its tracks by registering a specific website domain included in the malware's code.
At the time of writing it is not clear what charges, if any, Hutchins may face.

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https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...-after-def-con

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Cyber researcher arrested on charges related to Kronos malware: filing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN1AJ2ON
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Rather than start another thread, seems to fit here for now;

Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con

Marcus Hutchins, AKA MalwareTech, previously registered a specific domain included in the ransomware’s code, which stopped the malware from spreading.

On Wednesday, US authorities detained a researcher who goes by the handle MalwareTech, best known for stopping the spread of the WannaCry ransomware virus.
In May, WannaCry infected hospitals in the UK, a Spanish telecommunications company, and other targets in Russia, Turkey, Germany, Vietnam, and more. Marcus Hutchins, a researcher from cybersecurity firm Kryptos Logic, inadvertently stopped WannaCry in its tracks by registering a specific website domain included in the malware's code.
At the time of writing it is not clear what charges, if any, Hutchins may face.

...
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...-after-def-con

UPDATE
Cyber researcher arrested on charges related to Kronos malware: filing

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-us...-idUSKBN1AJ2ON
Latest twist ...
Did the Man Who Saved the Internet From WannaCry Secretly Build Malware?

Marcus Hutchins sprang to fame when, as MalwareTech, he halted the WannaCry ransomware in its tracks. But now he stands accused of building one of the world’s nastiest viruses.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/did-the...-build-malware
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