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OnePlus Notifies People About Data Breach

OnePlus says hit by data breach; user names, addresses leaked

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OnePlus reveals about being hit by data breach. Wikimedia Commons

In a major data breach, Chinese handset maker OnePlus has disclosed being hit by a data leak when an “unauthorised party” accessed some customers’ order information. It began notifying users about the breach on Friday.

However, the company did not say how many users were affected by the data breach.

OnePlus says hackers gained access to past customer orders. Exposed information included details like customer names, contact numbers, emails, and shipping addresses, but not passwords or financial details.

“We want to update you that we have discovered that some of our users’ order information was accessed by an unauthorised party. We can confirm that all payment information, passwords and accounts are safe, but certain users’ name, contact number, email and shipping address may have been exposed,” Ziv C., Staff Member, Security Team, OnePlus, wrote in the company forum.

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OnePlus reveals that an “unauthorized party” gained access to some customer’s order information. Pixabay

According to the smartphone player, the hacker’s entry point was a loophole in its website, but did not provide any additional details.

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Users who were hit by the breach may receive spam and phishing emails as a result of this incident, OnePlus added.

“Before making this public, we informed our impacted users by email. Right now, we are working with the relevant authorities to further investigate this incident,” added Ziv (IANS)

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Hackers Can Cause Serious Attacks On E-Bikes For Eavesdropping, Says Study

Someone with malicious intent could eavesdrop on these wireless channels and listen to data exchanges between the scooter and riders' smartphone app

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Vendors of Micromobility vehicles can also suffer denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and data leaks by hackers, said researchers from University of Texas at San Antonio. Pixabay

As governments including in India plan more e-bikes on roads to help tackle traffic congestion, like any Internet-connected device, hackers can cause a series of attacks in e-scooters, including eavesdropping on users and even spoof GPS systems to direct riders to unintended locations, warn researchers including some of Indian-origin.

Vendors of Micromobility vehicles can also suffer denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and data leaks, said researchers from University of Texas at San Antonio.

“We have identified and outlined a variety of weak points or attack surfaces in the current ride-sharing, or micromobility, ecosystem that could potentially be exploited by malicious adversaries right from inferring the riders’ private data to causing economic losses to service providers and remotely controlling the vehicles’ behaviour and operation,” said Jadliwala.

The micromobility e-scooter analysis was conducted by Jadliwala alongside graduate students Nisha Vinayaga-Sureshkanth, Raveen Wijewickrama and post-doctoral fellow Anindya Maiti.

The global e-Bike market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.01 per cent to reach $38.6 billion by 2025 from an estimated $21.1 billion in 2018, according to marketsandmarkets research firm. Computer science experts at the university have published the first review of the security and privacy risks posed by e-scooters and their related software services and applications.

According to the review, to appear in the proceedings of the 2nd ACM Workshop on Automotive and Aerial Vehicle Security (AutoSec 2020), hackers can cause a series of attacks. Some e-scooter models communicate with the rider’s smartphone over a Bluetooth Low Energy channel.

Someone with malicious intent could eavesdrop on these wireless channels and listen to data exchanges between the scooter and riders’ smartphone app by means of easily and cheaply accessible hardware and software tools such as Ubertooth and WireShark.

Those who sign up to use e-scooters also offer up a great deal of personal and sensitive data beyond just billing information.According to the study, providers automatically collect other analytics, such as location and individual vehicle information.

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As governments including in India plan more e-bikes on roads to help tackle traffic congestion, like any Internet-connected device, hackers can cause a series of attacks in e-scooters, including eavesdropping on users and even spoof GPS systems to direct riders to unintended locations. Pixabay

This data can be pieced together to generate an individual profile that can even include a rider’s preferred route, personal interests, and home and work locations.”Cities are experiencing explosive population growth. Micromobility promises to transport people in a more sustainable, faster and economical fashion,” said Jadliwala.

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To ensure that this industry stays viable, companies should think not only about rider and pedestrian safety but also how to protect consumers and themselves from significant cybersecurity and privacy threats enabled by this new technology,” the authors noted. (IANS)