Beleagured Peloton Exercise Bikes Vulnerable to Hacks

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It’s not the first time Peloton has been seen as a security risk.

In January, president Biden was warned not to bring his favorite exercise bike to the White House, according to reports, because hackers might be able to view him and access information during his workouts.

Peloton’s own security and compliance page warns that “no matter how much effort we put into system security, there can still be vulnerabilities present.”

The latest security flaw impacts Android tablet users, the McAfee Advanced Threat Research group found. McAfee said it alerted Peloton to the problem several months ago.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Peloton acknowledged the McAfee finding and said it had addressed the issue. Consumers would be prompted to update their software which would include a fix to the problem, according to the post.

The post also thanks McAfee for “discovering” the problem “and for keeping it confidential to help keep our Members safe until we implemented a fix.”

The security concerns have surfaced following a massive product recall over safety last month after 70 customers reported injuries from using the treadmills and a child died.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued an “urgent” warning to parents to stop using the Tread+ because of the risk to young children. As part of its warning the CPSC provided a horrific video showing a toddler being sucked under the machine.
 
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