NCIS Warns Military Personnel Against Unsolicited Smartwatch Use

Security and secrecy are potentially undermined by unauthorized access to sensitive data.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has confirmed the receipt of unsolicited smartwatches via mail by U.S. military personnel. The service has issued warnings about potential cybersecurity risks posed by these devices. The number of individuals who have randomly received smartwatches is part of the ongoing investigation.

The Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has also cautioned soldiers about the possibility of malware in the watches, which could provide unauthorized access to sensitive data. The division also suggested that the tactic of “brushing,” employed to manipulate e-commerce ratings, could be responsible for these deliveries.

“Smartwatches, like any wearable device, can be used by adversaries to gain a wide collection of personal information and pose a security threat to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps service members,” NCIS spokesman Jeff Houston stated.

Wearable technology and mobile applications have frequently conflicted with the national security domain. The ability to maintain secrecy is compromised by the logging of personal information, tracking of location data, and recording of audio.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for U.S. military personnel as they are responsible to protect national security.
  • For Secretary Del Toro to seek God’s guidance as he heads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • For members of the NCIS and CID as they seek to prevent surveillance or spying due to unsolicited smart devices.

Sources: Military Times, CNN


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