Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
The defects, which have been fixed, exposed private details of people in quarantine. The country has been hailed as a pioneer in digital public health.
I. Glenn Cohen
Another reason why we need to be cautious about digital solutions in contact tracing and quarantine protocols— cybersecurity.
162,000 residents and visitors of South Korea have used its quarantine app, which is required by law—and had a security vulnerability allowing the theft of people's names and real-time locations.
Poster child South Korea's app didn't follow even the most basic security protocols: Easily guessed credentials would give a hacker access to name, date of birth, sex, nationality, address, phone number, real-time location and medical symptoms.