Is Your Exercise Bike Spying on You?
Cybersecurity company McAfee has discovered a vulnerability that allows hackers to access some Peloton bike screens and potentially spy on riders using the bike’s microphone and camera. CNN notes: “However, the threat most likely affects only the $2,495 bike used in public spaces, such as in hotels or gyms, because the hacker needs to physically access the screen using a USB drive containing a malicious code.”
According to McAfee’s Advanced Threat Research team, a hacker could spy on users via the bike’s camera and microphone, which are normally used for video chats with other users.
The take-home lesson is that all connected devices are vulnerable to attack, and users should proactively seek out system updates, which are used to patch vulnerabilities.
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