PCs, smartphones, and tablets are fair game to hackers these days. And we’ve also started to see cars with sophisticated infotainment systems and controls also getting hacked. But how about the innocent little whose sole purpose is to keep your body healthy? Well, now they’re getting hacked as well. And worse, they might be used to make other computers unhealthy. Fortinet researcher Axelle Apvrille reveals that the Fitbit is one such wearable that easily succumbs to a hack in just 10 seconds and can then spread the malware to computers it syncs with. The scenario almost sounds like something straight out of a spy flick. An attacker gets within Bluetooth range of a Fitbit fitness tracker, near enough to establish a connection. It doesn’t need to be a long connection though, as 10 seconds is reportedly enough to drop the payload. Once the deed is done, the malware sits innocently in the wearable, waiting for the user to connect it to a PC to sync. Once the FitBit tries to communicate with PC to update the user’s profile, it also dumps malicious code that can create a backdoor on the computer or cause the machine to crash. Even worse, the […]
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