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Malicious software uses camera and mic to reveal your PIN code

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Nov 2013, 03:43

Researchers have warned BBC about an unusual security issue in smartphones that could allow wrongdoers to take advantage of your hardware while you enter your most valuable PIN codes...

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posted on 14 Nov 2013, 04:39 1

1. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Easiest way around this: Cover up the front camera while unlocking your phone and keep keypad tones off.

Also, this while we need true orientation on phones, similar to what we have on tablets. This would make it even harder to use this method

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 11:38

3. tomn1ce (Posts: 229; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

I was thinking the same thing as I was reading the article. Why not just cover the front facing camera.

posted on 14 Nov 2013, 05:26 2

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Right so someone has to go through the effort of getting my pin to do what with it... Since I still have the phone. And alphanumeric passwords more than 8 characters are not gonna be guessed by this at all because your eyes can be looking at half the keyboard at any one moment. Also, if you are going through all this effort... Why not just use a key logger since you can probably make one with 5 lines of code instead of the ridiculous heuristics needed for their method? Who comes up with this bs? They either needed filler publications or someone paid them to bs for them?

posted on 15 Nov 2013, 12:28 1

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3579; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

Call me a niggler, but why does it show an iPhone screen in the picture when the malware only works on two specific Android phones?

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