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Warning over Fitness Tracker Hackers

Warning over Fitness Tracker Hackers

Security experts have warned that devices such as smartphones and fitness trackers could be used to hold people to ransom.

The experts say ransomware has become increasingly prevalent in the past year and devices holding photos, emails and fitness information could be targeted.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) say the risk to business is “significant and growing”.

A joint report from the NCA and the NCSC says cybercrime is becoming more and more aggressive.

In the report the agencies say: "This data may not be inherently valuable, and might not be sold on criminal forums, but the device and data will be sufficiently valuable to the victim that they will be willing to pay for it.

"Ransomware on connected watches, fitness trackers and TVs will present a challenge to manufacturers, and it is not yet known whether customer support will extend to assisting with unlocking devices and providing advice on whether to pay a ransom."

The report also raises concerns about the ability of the most sophisticated criminal gangs to use the same high-tech in a way to target financial institutions.

Chief executive of the NCSC, Ciaran Martin, said cyber attacks would continue to evolve, and the public and private sectors must continue to work at pace to try and reduce the threat to critical services.

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