Your wearable fitness tracker is a narc. You should probably stay home and eat cake

By Paul Bradley Carr , written on August 4, 2014

From The News Desk

Oh good, your wearable device is telling the world how lazy you are.

Researchers from Symantec have revealed that they were able to intercept data from fitness trackers simply by hanging out in parks and at athletic events with a Raspberry Pi device programmed to sniff the data out of the air.

According to a blog post published by the company:

Symantec also found vulnerabilities in how personal data is stored and managed, such as passwords being transmitted in clear text and poor session management.
The fitness snoopers also discovered that 20% of the devices broadcast their login credentials as plain text. Which is troubling because...
Aside from just storing data about activities, some services also collect a wide range of other personal information such as date of birth, relationship status, addresses, photos, and other personal statistics.
So there you go. Your fitness tracker is a narc. Another reason not to exercise, ever.