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BLOG: Malware Uses Smartphone Accelerometers to Steal Keystrokes

John P. Mello Jr. | Oct. 20, 2011
Did you know your smartphone's accelerometer can be used to steal keystrokes from a nearby keyboard?

Should you start being paranoid when a colleague places their cell phone by your keyboard? Not really. "The likelihood of someone falling victim to an attack like this right now is pretty low,"Traynor says. "This was really hard to do. But could people do it if they really wanted to? We think yes."

Carter, Traynor, Verma, and Marquardt will present their findings in a paper entitled "(sp)iPhone: Decoding Vibrations From Nearby Keyboards Using Mobile Phone Accelerometers" on Thursday at the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security in Chicago.


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