Scientists have tested the vulnerability of trackers to cyber attacks via side channels. In such attacks, information obtained from the physical components of the system is collected and used. As it turns out, GPS trackers for dogs may well be used for this purpose. Experts say that attackers can get any confidential data.
Researchers have already provided tracker developers with recommendations for addressing vulnerabilities. Whether they will follow the advice is not yet clear.
In Russia, FSB officers recently detained a man who was trying to sell dog trackers he did not need. He was accused of selling spy devices, although such trackers are freely available on the Internet.