The Pita Bread Hack: Why You Should Be Worried

Posted: Jun 22 2015, 7:23am CDT | by , in Technology News


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The Pita Bread Hack: Why You Should be Worried
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Computer lovers and users beware, you are about to be foiled by pita bread! Researchers from Tel Aviv have found that the simplest way to hack into someone's computer is to use a a piece of pita bread and a radio receiver.

The research, which was published by the university online, highlights their findings, showing that many models of laptops, including the top brands sold in the United States, give off electromagnetic radiation that can be manipulated into revealing the passwords stored on laptops.

Laptops running encryption programs could be fooled into revealing passwords when sent encrypted passages of text. Laptops would then encrypt the data, and researchers used components from a radio to pick up the changes in the electromagnetic radiation as the laptop's CPU works.

To get a better understanding, take a look at this photo from the press release:

The smaller laptop on the right is displaying what appears to be the data received by the pita bread. The data is then stored on a microSD card, according to the announcement, which can either be accessed via Wi-Fi or manually retrieved by someone using the card on his or her own computer. Researchers can also, though it would likely take longer, look at the graph and decipher the password from the change in the signal.

Pita bread is used to disguise the components used in the hack, meaning that it could be carried out in a restaurant or coffee shop without the target knowing - especially if you are working in a Panera!

It actually doesn't take much longer than some of the other methods that are more high tech, eithger. Researchers say that the hack can show a password "within a few seconds."

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