1. HereinHalifax's Avatar
    I see your eyes... I hear your clicks....

    The PIN for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.

    Using a programme called PIN Skimmer a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified.

    The software watches your face via the camera and listens to clicks through the microphone as you type.

    The tests were carried out on the Google Nexus-S and the Galaxy S3 smartphones.

    [...]
    Source: BBC News - Smartphone PIN revealed by camera and microphone

    Cheers,
    Paul
    11-11-13 08:02 AM
  2. jaydee5799's Avatar
    Hi and welcome.
    This is an interesting find.
    11-11-13 08:09 AM
  3. Andrew4life's Avatar
    I can type in the code without looking at my screen, So there. :P
    Also, the new picture password for BB10 will prevent people from knowing what your password is, even if they see your screen when you are entering your password.


    Posted via CB10
    11-11-13 08:17 AM
  4. m1kr0's Avatar
    Scary. But I suppose the software has to be installed on your device somehow, making the process of scamming more difficult.
    11-11-13 08:20 AM
  5. anon1727506's Avatar
    I wonder if Apple paid these researchers to investigate this, and show how fingerprint scanners are a better option?

    So they showed that IF you were to install this application and allow it to access you camera and microphone.....

    I really think it would be best to require a pin ***** and a DNA analysis to unlock your phone ever time.
    11-11-13 10:23 AM
  6. sanjk1's Avatar
    I wonder if Apple paid these researchers to investigate this, and show how fingerprint scanners are a better option?

    So they showed that IF you were to install this application and allow it to access you camera and microphone.....

    I really think it would be best to require a pin ***** and a DNA analysis to unlock your phone ever time.
    How is Apples fingerprint scanner better? It's already been hacked.

    Posted via Vader10
    11-11-13 02:50 PM
  7. vrud's Avatar
    Not applicable to BB10 as long as there are no headless applications.
    11-11-13 03:05 PM
  8. Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes's Avatar
    put a mark in our right hand and forehead its more secure
    11-11-13 03:07 PM
  9. serbanescu's Avatar
    Apparently an easy fix would be for the phone OS to randomly change the keyboard layout, so the digits will appear in different places every time you enter your PIN.

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    11-11-13 03:16 PM
  10. BBPandy's Avatar
    put a mark in our right hand and forehead its more secure
    I see what you did there

    Posted via CB10
    11-11-13 04:22 PM
  11. 00stryder's Avatar
    I see your eyes... I hear your clicks....

    Source: BBC News - Smartphone PIN revealed by camera and microphone

    Cheers,
    Paul
    More and more each day, I start to believe a little bit more that it'll be one of these scam apps/viruses that infects Android and gives birth to SkyNet. :|

    Posted via CB10
    11-11-13 04:26 PM
  12. DigitalMadness's Avatar
    Lets see if I can understand this threat.
    1)I have to install a trojan software on my phone.
    2)The Trojan software self launch and run headless on my phone.
    3) The trojan software takes control of my phone and records my password
    4) Trojan software sends password to bad guys
    5) Bad guy have to find me and steals my phone to use the password.
    11-12-13 12:04 AM
  13. DigitalMadness's Avatar
    I think the research that was published a few years ago where they were able to capture using a smartphone what someone was typing on a computer keyboard is more of a threat. They placed the smartphone near the keyboard and by using the microphone and other sensors on the smartphone, they were able to capture over 70% of what the person was typing on the computer keyboard.
    Last edited by DigitalMadness; 11-12-13 at 12:34 AM.
    11-12-13 12:12 AM
  14. eliirodz's Avatar
    Wow

    Posted via CB10
    11-12-13 12:14 AM
  15. antoscimento's Avatar
    Here we go again

    Posted via my Q10
    11-12-13 02:55 AM
  16. BBPandy's Avatar
    Lets see if I can understand this threat.

    2)The Trojan software self launch and run headless on my phone.
    And that is why BlackBerry is being so careful on how they implement headless apps


    Posted via CB10
    11-12-13 09:20 PM

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