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New gadgets open to risks over info security

CONSUMERS in China and around the world should be more alert to information security risks in new gadgets such as robots and drones and online services, an organizer of a hacking festival held in Shanghai said yesterday.

The latest technological development in robots, drones, the Internet of Things, virtual reality and artificial intelligence also brings security risks to consumers, warned Keen, a Shanghai-based security firm, which organized the GeekPwn 2016 festival.

White-hat, or good hackers, and security talents tried to access or control various devices with technologies and codes. Then they would reveal the loopholes and warn the related firms to fix the problems.

Fifty-eight security experts attending the festival “hacked” several smart devices, such as Huawei smartphone, Sony’s PlayStation, drones, robots and smart cars.

During an online demo, a “hacked” Huawei P9 smartphone was unlocked by a stranger using his fingerprints, who then had full access and control over the phone.

Over 100 loopholes have been sent to related vendors since GeekPwn was held in China for the first time three years ago.



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