FitBit fitness tracker is to provide ten seconds malware




The FitBit fitness tracker of the same US company, according to a malware researcher via bluetooth in ten seconds to infect with malware. The manufacturer knows since March vulnerability in the smart bracelet, but a patch has so far off.

To achieve the infection, do the FitBit not even be connected via Bluetooth to the device of the attacker. As long as the attacker and target within Bluetooth range of each other, the infection can occur. The malware can then easily skip to the wearable computers that is connected. For example, a backdoor is installed on the laptop of the owner and the malware can also spread to other FitBits that are connected to the computer. Furthermore, the malware also remains largely present on the Fitbit after a restart of the bracelet.

The discoverer of the vulnerability, malware researcher Axelle Apvrille of network security company Fortinet, FitBit in March of this year informed of the vulnerability. The manufacturer has done nothing since then to close the security hole. Therefore, she now publishes its findings. Inter alia in the conference in Luxembourg, she has the technique demonstrated. Twitter adds she still added that it currently concerns a proof of concept, and that no malicious code is in its demo. Also let Apvrille know that it looks as though it is all FitBit models.

FitBit itself denies, however, that the opposite Forbes wearables are susceptible to such infections. “We believe that incorrect reports of security problems and that FitBits can not be used to infect users with malware.” The company also states that it “maintains open communication channel with Fortinet” and that it “has not seen data that would indicate that it is possible to spread malware with a FitBit.”


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