Passwords to over a half million car tracking devices leaked online

Haythem Elmir

We’ve seen a lot of data breaches this year: some big, some small, some that are dangerous, and some that are just embarrassing. But if we were to name one as the creepiest data breach of 2017, this leak of logins for car tracking devices might take the cake.

The Kromtech Security Center recently found over half a million records belonging to SVR Tracking, a company that specializes in “vehicle recovery,” publicly accessible online. SVR provides its customers with around-the-clock surveillance of cars and trucks, just in case those vehicles are towed or stolen. To achieve “continuous” and “live” updates of a vehicle’s location, a tracking device is attached in a discreet location, somewhere an unauthorized driver isn’t likely to notice it.

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