Researchers develop software to decipher PIN codes on tablets and smartphones

Security Roundup: Google Glass can be used to steal PIN codes from 10 feet away

This week we take a look at how Google Glass could be used to steal PIN codes, the accidental leak of the World Cup security centre’s WiFi password, and more.

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Lowell have developed software for Google Glass that can analyse the shadows and movements of fingers to decipher PIN codes on tablets and smartphones from up to ten feet away.

Talking of exposing passwords, a photograph which appeared in a Brazilian local newspaper of head of international cooperation Luiz Cravo Dorea standing in the World Cup’s security centre captured a large monitor in the background displaying the WiFi password for the building. Since making its way onto the internet, the picture has been retweeted over 2,300 times.

Meanwhile, McAfee has reported that 80 per cent of Flappy Bird clones contain malware, most of which appear on the Android platform.

In other news:

  • Intercede has announced that organisations can give their employees secure access to corporate networks and resources straight from their Windows Phone via the firm’s MyID technology.
  • Over £21 million has been lost to social engineering scams since the beginning of the year, according to Get Safe Online.
  • Zscaler is warning of a scam which encourages users to click on a URL shortened link which leads them to a malicious ad hosted within Google Docs.
  • Kaspersky Lab has announced that it has been mapping a massive international infrastructure used to control ‘Remote Control System’ malware implants, and identifying new mobile Trojans that work on both Android and iOS.

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