22 Jul '16, 10pm

Study Shows PINs Can Be Tracked From Wearables - All About Circuits

Recent research shows that wearable embedded sensors can be used to crack a user's PINs and passwords. The research, which is the result of a cooperation between Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology in New York, provides convincing evidence that fitness trackers and smartwatches are vulnerable to security breaches. Traditional Attacks on Key-Based Systems Traditional attacks on a key-based security system, such as an ATM, may include a hidden camera or a skimmer. A skimmer, which is placed in the card slot of the ATM, records a victim's sensitive data, including their PIN. To the untrained eye, skimmers can be extremely difficult to identify . The installation of equipment meant to counter skimmers makes such attacks less successful. Some previous attacks recorded the sound of typing with a keyboard and utilize linguistic models to find the keys th...

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