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Free Smartwatches Are Vector to Hit Military Personnel with Malware

June 23, 2023

The U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is urging military personnel to be on the lookout for unsolicited, suspicious smartwatches in the mail, warning that the devices could be rigged with malware.

According to a CID press release: “Service members across the military have reported receiving smartwatches unsolicited in the mail. These smartwatches, when used, have auto-connected to Wi-Fi and began connecting to cell phones unprompted, gaining access to a myriad of user data.”

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