Child reserve smartwatches ‘easy’ to hack, watchdog says

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Some smartwatches designed for children have confidence flaws that make them exposed to hackers, a watchdog has warned.

The Norwegian Consumer Council (NCC) tested watches from brands including Gator and GPS for Kids.

It pronounced it detected that enemy could track, eavesdrop or even promulgate with a wearers.

The manufacturers endangered insist a problems have possibly already been resolved or are being addressed.

UK tradesman John Lewis has cold one of a named smartwatch models from sale in response.

The smartwatches tested radically offer as simple smartphones, permitting relatives to promulgate with their children as good as lane their location.

Some embody an SOS underline that allows a child to now call their parents.

They typically sell for about £100.

The NCC pronounced it was endangered that Gator and GPS for Kids’ watches transmitted and stored information but encryption.

It pronounced that meant strangers, regulating simple hacking techniques, could lane children as they moved, or make a child seem to be in a totally opposite location.

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The NCC skeleton a amicable media debate to proclaim a findings

Consumer rights watchdog Which? criticised a “shoddy” watches and pronounced relatives “would be shocked” if they knew a risks.

Spokeswoman Alex Neill said: “Safety and confidence should be a comprehensive priority. If that can’t be guaranteed, afterwards a products should not be sold.”

John Lewis bonds a chronicle of a Gator watch, nonetheless it is not transparent either it suffers from a same confidence flaws as a watches tested.

The organisation pronounced it was withdrawing a product from sale “as a precautionary measure” while available “further recommendation and soundness from a supplier”.

GPS for Kids pronounced it had resolved a confidence flaws for new watches and that existent business were being offering an upgrade.

The UK distributor of a Gator watch pronounced it had changed a information to a new encrypted server and was building a new, some-more secure app for customers.

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