TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,252 Reviews & Articles | 40,817 News Posts
TRENDING NOW: Sony teases PlayStation 5 could be a cloud-based console

Hackers could compromise smartphones by using device's gyroscope

Researchers have revealed a snooping technique that uses a smartphone's gyroscope to somewhat accurately snoop on users

| Hacking & Security News | Posted: Aug 16, 2014 2:49 am

Hackers can compromise a smartphone user and eavesdrop by using the device's internal gyroscope, according to a study from Stanford University and the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems technology company. Instead of directly listening to a phone conversation, this is remote eavesdrop exploit so users can be snooped on when in the immediate area of a device.

 

TweakTown image news/3/9/39726_01_hackers_compromising_smartphones_by_using_device_s_gyroscope.jpg

 

"Whenever you grant anyone access to sensors on a device, you're going to have unintended consequences," said Dan Boneh, Stanford security professor, in a statement to Wired. "In this case the unintended consequence is that they can pick up not just phone vibrations, but air vibrations."

 

The gyroscope in smartphones use a small plate that vibrates around 200 hertz, which is fast enough to recognize human voices. Using customized speech recognition software allowed the researchers to accurately determine 65 percent of "numeric digits" of a specific speaker. Eavesdropping levels aren't quite the same as using a compromised smartphone's microphone, but shows the potential threat level of current data security efforts.

NEWS SOURCESWired.co.uk, I.huffpost.com

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Hacking & Security news at our Hacking & Security news index page.

Do you get our news RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!

Latest News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases