Hackers Can Steal Your PIN Via Smartwatch Or Fitness Tracker

Posted: Jul 11 2016, 12:04pm CDT | by , Updated: Jul 13 2016, 7:17pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


Hackers Can Steal Your PIN via Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker
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  • Your Passcode may get Hacked thanks to your Smartwatch or Fitness Tracker

Evidence is surfacing that an individual’s passcode may get hacked thanks to the smartwatch or fitness tracker the person is wearing.

A Fitbit or Apple Watch may be the hottest device on the electronic market today. While current sales of these cool gadgets is $14 billion, in the future, the sales may climb to a whopping $30 billion.

However, there is a news report out now that reveals that these devices may leak out some of your personal information. There are hackers among us and these gizmos are vulnerable to their nefarious tactics. 

Even the movements of your fingers and hands as you use the PIN pads are being recorded every second by these contraptions. These are very hackable and the bad guys who hack your PIN can achieve the job with 90% surety in no time.

Tests were carried out in the lab by experts from various prestigious institutions. To their surprise, they found loopholes in the everyday functionality of these devices.

Criminal minds which are out to harm anyone who is not vigilant regarding his or her personal information may be having a field day thanks to the easy accessibility of these devices.   

20 volunteers were observed as they used wristbands and other wearable devices. They were then told to engage in the transfer of their PIN entries onto other devices.

There were two types of assaults on their private and confidential information. One was due to “sniffing” and the other one was due to “internal siege”.

Via a wireless sniffer, a hacker may gain access to valuable data from the device. Also an internal attack is possible thanks to malware that infects the device. It is virtually a lose-lose situation we find here instead of a win-win one. 

The accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer data was accessed by the researchers and used to develop four digit PIN codes. Although some of the devices were pretty much secure, there were several others that showed chinks in their systems.

The success rate calculated for the hackers ability to infiltrate these devices was a whopping 80%. This is a preposterous situation and ought to be rectified immediately. After several tries by hackers these infiltration rates even climb up to an unbelievable 99%.

Thus it seems the barbarians at the gates of the latest electronic technology gadgets have really made it to the inner realms. Countermeasures are needed on a desperate basis and nothing short of a complete overhaul will remedy this SNAFU.

The paper on this new research titled "Friend or Foe? Your Wearable Devices Reveal Your Personal PIN," received the Best Paper Award at the ACM Conference on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS) in Xian, China in May.

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