Peloton users have something new to worry about.
In a new report, security firm McAfee says hackers can remotely access the camera and microphone of a Peloton bike and monitor users. Attackers can also add apps disguised as Netflix and Spotify to encourage users to enter their login credentials for later malicious use.
McAfee initially informed Peloton of the security issue in March. Peloton’s chief information officer, Adrian Stone, said: “We pushed for a mandatory update in early June.”
This is just the latest puzzle for Peloton users. Last month, Peloton recalled some of its treadmills following reports of more than 70 injuries and the death of a 6-year-old. Around the same time, the company released an update after another security company revealed that hackers can spy on Peloton users and find out their age, gender, location, and even their stats. ‘training.
The platoons have been one of the biggest fitness success stories of the pandemic. As gyms closed and people stuck at home, Peloton’s sales skyrocketed despite their huge price tag – Peloton stationary bikes can set you back around $ 1,900 and its treadmills can cost over $ 4. $ 000. Last year, Peloton’s revenue doubled to $ 1.8 billion.
The latest vulnerability primarily affects bikes in public spaces, but an attacker could interfere with equipment at any point in the supply chain, from construction to delivery, according to the report.
Savannah Sicurella is an intern at the NPR Business Desk.