Google Android-powered smartwatches communicating with smartphones via Bluetooth can be compromised by brute-force attacks so cybercriminals can snoop, according to the BitDefender cybersecurity software company.
It wouldn't take more than an open source sniffing tool and at least a little cybersecurity knowledge to successfully breach Android smartwatches. Communications can be read in plaintext after the sniffing tool picks out 6-digit pin codes that are currently used to obfuscate data.
"There is no custom-built took," said Liviu Arsene, Bitdefender senior e-threat analyst, in a statement to SCMagazine.com. "Anyone with little knowledge of security can pull this off. It's all about looking in the right place."
Android is the No. 1 mobile operating system on smartphones and tablets - and is poised for smartwatch domination - but security has remained a constant concern.