This is BEYOND stupid. Buggy GPS Trackers Expose Childrens’ Real-Time Location.
It seems that corporations haven’t learned a damn thing about security, and people are so excited about convenience they don’t seem to care that it comes at the cost of privacy and/or security.
So when you bought the GPS tracker to keep tabs on your kid, did you think it would make their every move public? Did you think you would be outfitting them with a microphone that anyone on the planet could listen to? Did you think you get a “really good” system for next to no money?
The security flaws were found in GPS location trackers manufactured by the Shenzhen i365 Tech, with over 600,000 users from countries all over the world and resold under multiple brands on various e-commerce platforms like Amazon or eBay.
The details are at the link, but in short… There is a default password for EVERY tracker, which is “123456” and user-id is the serial number. While you can define a more stupid “security model,” it would be hard to come up with one in 2019.
Back in 2017, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) also issued a public service announcement warning that most children’s GPS-tracking smartwatches are stuffed to the brim with various security flaws exposing their location or allowing potential attackers to take control of the devices.
Various “children’s tablets” that could be hacked and used for phishing. Trackers. Smart watches. Do you really want to bet your kid’s safety on cheap technology from a company you never heard of, sold by an “Amazon Affiliate” – which is about the equivalent of buying something from a flea market.