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Samsung, LG Smartwatchs Let Hackers To Obtain Personal Data
Personal data from a smartwatch by two major OEMs can be hacked, as your personal data is not encrypted on the wearable gadgets.
According to researchers at the University of New Haven, Samsung Gear 2 and LG G Watch could leak your personal data. Researchers were able able to extract data such as email, messages, health and contracts from both smartwatchs.
Ibrahim Baggili, Director of university's Cyber Forensics Research, said, "it was not very difficult to access the data from these smarwatches, "but expertise and research was required". He also plans to present the findings at a digital forensics conference in August this year.
Researchers were able to extract data from smartwatches by accessing through the watches' files and locating traces of watch activity on Android powered Samsung smartphone.
However, with increased popularity of smartwatch, the companies should take extra care to ensure the users' data remained safe. Meanwhile, in a report by CNET, Samsung stated that it "takes consumer privacy and security very seriously and our products are designed with privacy in mind. If at any time we identify a potential vulnerability, we act promptly to investigate and resolve the issue".