Endpoint

5/22/2018
11:45 AM
50%
50%

Pet Tracker Flaws Expose Pets and Their Owners to Cybercrime

Hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in popular pet trackers to intercept location coordinates and access owners' personal data.

In a future where everything is connected, cybercriminals may not need to target you to steal your personal data. They can hack your pets instead. 

Kaspersky Lab researchers today published the results of a study investigating vulnerabilities in popular pet trackers, which transfer GPS coordinates from pets to owners for safety and location monitoring. The flaws they discovered could let an attacker hack these devices, identify and replace the coordinates of a pet and its owner, and access owners' data.

In studying several brands of pet trackers, researchers found: Bluetooth capabilities that don't require authentication, authorization tokens and coordinates that can be stored sans encryption, trackers that don’t check server certificates for HTTPS connections, and trackers and apps that allow the installation of false firmware and transmit the name, email, and coordinates of the pet's owner.

It's another reason to worry about the implications of poor IoT security. If a hacker can intercept these coordinates, they can identify where a pet or owner is at any given time, learn their daily routines, and over time develop a pattern of owners' and animals' habits.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
BrianN060
50%
50%
BrianN060,
User Rank: Ninja
5/22/2018 | 1:11:44 PM
If you use the internet to track something, so can anyone else - no news here
Your kids, your pets, your workouts... whatever; with breaches in even high security environments commonplace, why do people feel they have a justifiable expectation of security with their consumer devices and services?  I think we all know the answers: marketing which downplays or totally ignores security concerns (or overstates included security features), for IoT devices and services; to be followed by marketing of devices and services to secure your IoT. 
12 Free, Ready-to-Use Security Tools
Steve Zurier, Freelance Writer,  10/12/2018
Most IT Security Pros Want to Change Jobs
Dark Reading Staff 10/12/2018
6 Security Trends for 2018/2019
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  10/15/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
Flash Poll
The Risk Management Struggle
The Risk Management Struggle
The majority of organizations are struggling to implement a risk-based approach to security even though risk reduction has become the primary metric for measuring the effectiveness of enterprise security strategies. Read the report and get more details today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-10839
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Qemu emulator <= 3.0.0 built with the NE2000 NIC emulation support is vulnerable to an integer overflow, which could lead to buffer overflow issue. It could occur when receiving packets over the network. A user inside guest could use this flaw to crash the Qemu process resulting in DoS.
CVE-2018-13399
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
The Microsoft Windows Installer for Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.6.1 allows local attackers to escalate privileges because of weak permissions on the installation directory.
CVE-2018-18381
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Z-BlogPHP 1.5.2.1935 (Zero) has a stored XSS Vulnerability in zb_system/function/c_system_admin.php via the Content-Type header during the uploading of image attachments.
CVE-2018-18382
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Advanced HRM 1.6 allows Remote Code Execution via PHP code in a .php file to the user/update-user-avatar URI, which can be accessed through an "Update Profile" "Change Picture" (aka user/edit-profile) action.
CVE-2018-18374
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
XSS exists in the MetInfo 6.1.2 admin/index.php page via the anyid parameter.