Monday, July 07, 2014

"Staring" may decipher cell phone and iPad pin codes


People will really dislike being stared at in public places, if the latest reports that hackers could use software inside “Google Glasses” to decipher pin codes of other devices around them. 

The story on CNN suggested that keypads on cell phones and iPads might themselves have to be randomized (in position) to prevent motion-detection software from picking up pin codes merely by “staring”.
  

All of this reminds me of a morning in Dallas in 1986 when I was in a jury pool, and someone got worried that I was staring at him, an odd incident.  I went on to get selected for a civil malpractice case, which got settled once the jury was seated.  

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