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Smartphone sensors offer hackers a way past security PINs
« on: April 14, 2017, 03:59:12 AM »
The motion sensors embedded in smartphones could offer attackers a way to infer security PINs, researchers at Newcastle University have discovered.

Today’s smartphones come stuffed with these sensors, which range from well-known ones such as GPS, camera, microphone and fingerprint readers, but include also accelerometers, gyroscopes, ambient light sensors, magnetometers, proximity sensors, barometers, thermometers, and air humidity sensors – to name only a few of the estimated 25 in the best-equipped models.

That’s a lot of data for a rogue app or malicious website to aim at, much of which is not covered by any consistent permissions or notifications system.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/04/13/smartphone-sensors-offer-hackers-a-way-past-security-pins/



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