April 26, 2011

Zoombak Security Issue Found

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The internet was abuzz this weekend as a security issue was uncovered with the Zoombak personal GPS locator. So while the Zoombak system is touted as a way to track your valuables, the hacker said that he figured out how to track your Zoombak, and also spoof the Zoombak, sending back fake location information making it look like your valuables are in a location other than where they really are.

So while you want to track valuables like your car, your bike or even your kid; this hacker demonstrated that it was not hard to blow up that sense of security.

In the CNet article, the hacker identified that the Zoombak system's flaw by figuring out that the unit communicates over the TMoble GMS system. From there he figured out that it communicates without a caller ID, so with a little snooping, he was able to identify a set of Zoombak devices, their locations and then start to intercept their location broadcasts via short SMS bursts. He was then able to turn around and spoof the signal by sending erroneous messages back on that channel, making the Zoombak unit look like it was not in its actual location.

No word on how the recent launch of the eSafe emergency locator, a Zoombak sister product is affected by this hack if at all.

Read the whole article at CNet on the Zoombak Security Issue


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Posted by Scott Martin at April 26, 2011 6:48 AM

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