Cyber criminals could be hacking Fitbits to blackmail people, security chiefs have warned
Criminals are developing software to pilfer photos, emails and even fitness progress information from internet-connected devices to hold users ransom, a joint report by the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Crime Agency said.
It follows warnings that baby monitors are at risk of being hacked by paedophiles, while pacemakers could be targeted to steal confidential health records.
Security experts believe a massive 21 billion connected devices will be used by businesses and consumers around the world.
The study from Britain’s cyber defence bosses warns that the sharp rise in smart devices is opening up a whole new range of opportunities for cyber criminals to use their increasingly “aggressive” and “confrontational” tactics to commit extortion and fraud.
The UK’s top spooks warn users that data stolen may not be valuable to be sold on black market forums but could be “sufficiently valuable to the victim that they will be willing to pay for it”.