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With rising incidents of unauthorized access of devices, systems and networks, enterprises are not only facing monetary losses, but their brand credibility is also taking a hit. Even internet users are facing the brunt of these rising hacking incidents.
A new cybersecurity research has now claimed that hackers can guess your password by listening to the sound of keystrokes. The research paper released by researchers from the Southern Methodist University reveals that hackers can access your password information in a novel way by using nearby smartphone.
Hackers can pick up the sound waves produced by people when they type on the keyboard. This sound can be then be processed by these bad actors to reveal what a person was typing. The team of researchers reproduced the technique and were able to successfully decode what was being typed by listening to keystrokes.
Eric C Larsen, the assistant professor in SMU Lyle School’s department of computer science said, “We were able to pick up what people are typing at a 41pc word accuracy rate. And we can extend that out—above 41pc—if we look at, say, the top 10 words of what we think it might be.”
These researchers used different kinds of sensors in smartphones to let a phone recognise its orientation and detect when it is still sitting on the table or being carried in the pocket. Some of these sensors require special permission from users. The research team has leveraged these always on-sensors and even developed a new app. This app can process the sensor output to predict which key was pressed by the user.
The research scenario involved eight smartphones, kept between three inches and several feet distance from the computer. To mimic a real-world scenario, there was some background chatter. The researchers were still able to record and decode the keystrokes.
Larsen added, “A successful interception of this sort could potentially be very scary because there’s no way to know if you’re being hacked this way.”