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Apple Watch worries security advocates

Maria Korolov | March 16, 2015
The high price tag, short battery life and the lack of a clear killer app may deter broad adoption of the new Apple Watch, due to go on sale April 24. That might not be a bad thing, if it helps the companies involved address some privacy and security concerns.

Then there's the communications between the watch and its parent iPhones.

"There appears to be a new security vulnerability surface area for this device whereby the local phone-to-watch device network may be subject to wireless skimming or spoofing," said Philip Lieberman, president at Los Angeles-based security vendor Lieberman Software Corp.

It will take time to find out exactly how vulnerable the device is, he added, since it hasn't been released yet, and the full community of researchers hasn't had a chance to take a look at the communications between the various Apple devices, and review the software development kit for the watch.


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