Malicious software uses camera and mic to reveal your PIN code
"We watch how your face appears to move as you jiggle your phone by typing. It did surprise us how well it worked" admitted Proffesor Ross Anderson.
Nowadays, when more and people access their banking accounts via their smartphones, the necessity of additional security measures is bigger than ever. The researchers suggest that smartphone users should either use longer, more complex PIN codes or randomize the position of the digits in order to minimize the risk of them falling victims to malicious software. It is also suggested that facial recognition or fingerprint scanning should be used if available.
Earlier this year, another security flaw allowed malicious third-party apps to gather data from the smartphone's acellerometer sensors and use it to guess PIN codes and screen lock patterns. Have you ever experienced any similar security issues with your smartphone and the precious data you store?
source: BBC News