Security gaps discovered in GPS services

Unfortunately, we always have to talk about data security on our blog. Now a recently published list of security vulnerabilities in the GPS area has caught our attention. But what is behind the accusations and what danger do the problems pose?

Over 100 tracking portals affected

The evaluation of the specialists is recorded on the“Trackmageddon” page. The team itself tried to hook into the various portals and online services. Shockingly, they were quite successful. More than 100 tracking portals succeeded in stealing passwords or other data. In a few cases, the hackers were even able to directly access past position data or take control of the tracker. On the other hand, it is reassuring that no personal data about the users could be obtained.
Nevertheless, over 350 models are said to be affected. The operators of the portals were informed, but by no means all of them reacted appropriately. The list of “repaired” or “probably repaired” websites is correspondingly short. It is absolutely disappointing how carelessly this issue is handled by companies.

What you should do

First of all, it is important to find out whether you are directly affected. To do this, you should simply check the Trackmageddon list to see whether the tracking portal you are using is affected and whether it has already responded to the problems. If this is the case, you should at least change your password. The operator should also be contacted. What has he done to remedy the security gaps? If you do not have a good feeling after your research, try to delete the data and leave the portal. There are plenty of alternatives.
Once again it becomes clear how important the issue of data protection is for GPS data. Therefore, when purchasing in future, pay more attention to the trustworthiness of the company and the servers they use to manage the data. We recently wrote in our blog about the importance of the location of data centers and feel vindicated after the publication of the “Trackmageddon list”.

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