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Norwegian investigators say kids' smartwatches vulnerable to hackers

Smart watches sold to allow parents to keep track of their children and contact them in an emergency could be putting youngsters at risk Smart watches sold to allow parents to keep track of their children and contact them in an emergency could be putting youngsters at risk
Kristine Garrett | 18 October, 2017, 20:04

A watchdog has issued a warning against security flaws in kids' safety smartwatches.

The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) conducted an inspection of kids' smartwatches of brands such as Global Positioning System and Gator.

It said it discovered that attackers could track, eavesdrop or even communicate with the wearers.

But according to the NCC - which partnered with security firm Mnemonic - strangers or hackers could take control of the watch with "a few easy steps".

The manufacturers involved insist the problems have either already been resolved or are being addressed. The inspected smartwatches function similar to smartphones.

The watches tested also stored information about the wearer, such as their location, and some had the function to emit an SOS signal that is created to instantly alert parents on the phone if their child is at risk.

NCC discovered that brands such as Gator and Global Positioning System transmitted and stored data without offering encryption.

Alex Neill, managing director of home products at consumer watchdog Which?, commented: "Although these products are marketed at making children safer, parents will be shocked if they actually put them at risk because of shoddy security".

He recommended refraining from buying such smartwatches and returning purchased items to the seller, citing the security failings, poorly implemented features and potential breaches of child safety that these products could enable.

John Lewis stocks a version of the Gator watch, although it is not clear whether it suffers from the same security flaws as the watches tested.

The NCC asked a security firm, Mnemonic, to look at three watches that are also available in some form in the United Kingdom: the Gator, Xplora and SeTracker watches.

A spokesperson said: "As a precautionary measure we have withdrawn from sale all Gator smartwatch products while we await further advice and reassurance from the supplier". Moreover, they have offered an upgrade to existing customers.

The UK distributor of the Gator watch said it had moved its data to a new encrypted server and was developing a new, more secure app for customers.

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