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Mind The Tracker You Wear: A Security Analysis of Wearable Health Trackers
DTU Compute, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. DTU Compute, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark. (AASS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9575-2990
DTU Compute, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark.
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 31st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016, 131-136 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Wearable tracking devices have gained widespread usage and popularity because of the valuable services they offer, monitoring human's health parameters and, in general, assisting persons to take a better care of themselves. Nevertheless, the security risks associated with such devices can represent a concern among consumers, because of the sensitive information these devices deal with, like sleeping patterns, eating habits, heart rate and so on. In this paper, we analyse the key security and privacy features of two entry level health trackers from leading vendors (Jawbone and Fitbit), exploring possible attack vectors and vulnerabilities at several system levels. The results of the analysis show how these devices are vulnerable to several attacks (perpetrated with consumer-level devices equipped with just bluetooth and Wi-Fi) that can compromise users' data privacy and security, and eventually call the tracker vendors to raise the stakes against such attacks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016. 131-136 p.
Keyword [en]
Privacy; Security; Wearable health trackers
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Computer Science
Research subject
Computer Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54457DOI: 10.1145/2851613.2851685Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84975796927ISBN: 9781450337397 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54457DiVA: diva2:1063940
Conference
31st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing (SAC 2016), Pisa, Italy, April 4-8, 2016
Available from: 2017-01-11 Created: 2017-01-11 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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