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Severe Flaws Have Been Found In a Popular GPS Tracker

GPS trackers can be incredibly handy devices, allowing people to keep up with kids, elderly patients, and more. However, security researchers found flaws in one popular GPS tracker. In a blog post published by U.K. cybersecurity firm Fidus Information Security , researchers said they identified issues with an “extremely common” Alarm & GPS device used by “vulnerable people around the world.” None of the devices are connected to the internet. However, they can be accessed remotely. By simply knowing a phone number, researchers could gain a whole lot of information. That included live GPS data, calling the device and having that call automatically answered, disabling GPRS to render it useful, powering the device off completely, and more. Those are all alarming in terms of safety, especially for a device that is being used by vulnerable people. “This device is marketed at keeping the most vulnerable safe and yet anybody can locate and listen into thousands of people’s lives without...

May 13, 2019