IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing

IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) is a scholarly archival journal published monthly that focuses on the key technical issues related to Mobile Computing. It is the intent of TMC to publish mature works of research, typically those that have appeared in part in conferences. Furthermore, it is the intent of TMC to focus on issues at the link-layer and above in wireless communications, and to focus only on topics explicitly or plausibly related to mobile systems. Read the full scope of TMC

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From the February 2016 issue

Secure Management of Low Power Fitness Trackers

By Mahmudur Rahman, Bogdan Carbunar, and Umut Topkara

featured article thumbnailThe increasing popular interest in personal telemetry, also called the Quantified Self or “lifelogging”, has induced a popularity surge for wearable personal fitness trackers. Fitness trackers automatically collect sensor data about the user throughout the day, and integrate it into social network accounts. Solution providers have to strike a balance between many constraints, leading to a design process that often puts security in the back seat. Case in point, we reverse engineered and identified security vulnerabilities in Fitbit Ultra and Gammon Forerunner 610, two popular and representative fitness tracker products. We introduce FitBite and GarMax, tools to launch efficient attacks against Fitbit and Garmin. We devise SensCrypt, a protocol for secure data storage and communication, for use by makers of affordable and lightweight personal trackers. SensCrypt thwarts not only the attacks we introduced, but also defends against powerful JTAG Read attacks. We have built, an Arduino Uno based tracker platform, of similar capabilities but at a fraction of the cost of current solutions. On, SensCrypt imposes a negligible write overhead and significantly reduces the end-to-end sync overhead of Fitbit and Garmin.

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TMC is a joint publication of the:

IEEE Computer SocietyIEEE Circuits and Systems Society IEEE Comunications Society IEEE Signal Processing Society


TMC is published in cooperation with: IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, IEEE Technology Management Council, IEEE Information Theory Society, IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, IEEE Power & Energy Society, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, and IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

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