Security flaw in MiSafe watches allows strangers to spy on children


In November 2018, a security researcher found that the location-tracking children's watch MiSafe's Kid Watcher Plus, originally released in 2015, neither encrypted nor secured the children's accounts, allowing him to track their movements, secretly listen in to their activities, and spoof calls to the watch from their parents. The watches include a GPS system and a 2G mobile data connection so parents can monitor, via a smartphone app, their children's whereabouts and be alerted if the child leaves a parent-designated "safe zone".  The adult can also listen to what the child is doing and initiate calls.
Writer: Leo Kelion
Publication: BBC

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