As you might have noticed, there hasn’t been anything going on here in a while. Basically: I’ve been really busy. I’ve been live on Germany’s second most-watched news show talking about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal and gave a talk about infosec in front of a number of C-level executives of the biggest companies of Hanover and the surrounding area, including leading people from the interior ministry and Verfassungsschutz of the State of Lower Saxony.
Last Thursday, I published an investigative report I have been working on for about three months. Between Christmas and New Years, a security researcher by the name of Christopher Dreher contacted the heise online editorial offices with an unbelievable story: He had bought a GPS tracking smartwatch and had found horrendous security vulnerabilities. The devices are marketed for people to track their kids, spouses and grandparents – in itself that concept is horrible enough to me.