Your smart watch could help steal away your PIN / Password


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Researchers at Binghamton University have developed an algorithm that allows using sensor readings or wearable fitness tracker to accurately determine when the keyboard input a password or PIN.

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Experiment held on two dozen volunteers

Within the framework of two dozen volunteers of the experiment were smart watch LG W150, Moto 360 and a separate device on the basis of the combined sensor tracking movements MPU-9150. Subjects were recruited PIN on the ATM keypad, and the researchers recorded testimony about moving the hand device sensors, press the keys.

Using algorithm, scientists determine password/pin

PIN-smart watch
source: gizmodo.com

Scientists have five thousand sets of data, for which the analysis using proprietary algorithm. As noted by the authors, was the most difficult calculation of the distance between the keys move the hand to measure the accelerometer readings is used. As the starting point of the hand position is different in each case, the authors of “launched” pin and began to read it to the end, taking as a starting point of decryption press the Enter button after entering the pin code. As a result, the authors were able to achieve 80 per cent accuracy of recognition introduced a digital code based on the testimony of only one portable gadget sensors.

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You can steal real PINs using technology using smart watch:

PIN-smart watch
source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/

As the researchers note, this means that the technology could easily be used to steal real PINs using exploits (a subspecies of malware – IF ), using the vulnerability in the system software and wearable fitness trackers. In addition, an attacker under such a scheme does not need to be in the vicinity of the ATM, sufficient to establish the nearby Bluetooth-sniffer or use a malicious program on the paired smartphone.

How to protect yourself from this:

PIN-smart watch
source: www.howtogeek.com

Scientists believe that in order to deal with such a leak manufacturers can add ‘noise’ in the sensor readings. Users, in turn, are using the smart watches and fitness trackers to do while typing a PIN code extra traffic which will prevent hackers use the same algorithm.

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