Smartwatch is a gadget that increasingly attract attention. Either because of his ability, cool design or because of the trend to appear contemporary. The sophistication of smart watches has been presented by several leading manufacturers such as Apple, Asus, Samsung, Sony, and others.
Unfortunately, the high selling price is still a major obstacle. Just imagine, the average branded brand smartwatch dibanderol above 2 million. In fact, the amount of money can also get a smartphone with a qualified specification. But for you who have not wear smartwatch, you include lucky people loh. How come?
Be Careful, Smartwatch and Fitness Trackers Can Leak ATM or E-banking PIN To Hacker
Hacker Can Steal PIN Through Smartwatch
Reporting from Tech Viral, a recent study from New York-based Binghamton University found that hackers can easily exploit smartwatch or fitness trackers and other wearable devices. To steal your ATM PIN or account password associated with internet or mobile banking.
According to the researchers a number of advanced sensors embedded in wearable devices can be used to track hand movements with accurate, even small movements such as typing on the keyboard or keypad. To test their hypothesis, the research group used a computer algorithm that proved that they could hack passwords from a finger-based input system with 80% success rate in the first try and an accuracy of more than 90% after three attempts.
Sophisticated Sensors on Smartwatch Became Disastrous
During the study, the research team tested 20 adults who used different wearable devices for 11 months. They performed 5,000 tests on three key-based security systems including ATM. During this period they managed to record information from smooth hand movements to millimeter levels thanks to accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer sensors found on wearable devices.
Furthermore, research reveals hackers can pull information from smartwatch through two scenarios namely internal attacks and sniffing. In the first scenario, hackers can access the device's sensors via malware, which sends back data when the victim enters the PIN or password. Meanwhile, a sniffing attack is done by blocking the Bluetooth connection that connects smartwatch to the smartphone.
The Threat Is Real
Yan Wang, an assistant professor of computer science at Binghamton University, said the threat was real. The attacks are "sophisticated", which means they will need high-level technical knowledge to carry out the attacks successfully.The researchers hope that these findings can be used to improve safety. They suggest to manufacturers of wearable wearers, that light movements can not be tracked, it is still useful to track fitness activities. Looking at the results of the above study, make you smartwatch users should be more careful. Maybe from now on, you have to use empty hand or smartwatch free hand when going to type a password. What do you think?