Personal data extracted from smartwatches

Anthony Caruana
17 June, 2015
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Security researchers from the University of Newhaven’s Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group (UNHCFREG) will be presenting a paper at a digital forensics conference in August 2015 that show how they have been able to extract personal data from LG and Samsung smartwatches.

Ibrahim Baggili, director of the UNHCFREG, and his co-authors Jeff Oduru, Kyle Anthony, Frank Breitinger and Glenn McGee have been able to access health, messages and contacts data after finding it was not encrypted on the devices. The paper, entitled ‘Watch what you wear: preliminary forensic analysis of smart watches’ will be presented at the International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security.

Although the smartwatch category is still in its infancy, significant growth is expected according to recent data from Roy Morgan Research. Given the way the smartphone category changed after the introduction of the iPhone, we’d expect players such as Pebble, LG, Samsung and others to all see increased sales as Apple increases awareness of the product category.

 

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