Smartwatches Can Be Used to Spy on Your Card’s PIN Code

French student and software engineer, Tony Beltramelli, has published his master thesis called Deep-Spying: Spying using Smartwatch and Deep Learning, in which he presents a new attack method that allows attackers to extract sensitive information like credit card or phone access PIN codes from motion sensors in wearable devices. Mr. Beltramelli’s research, while at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, expanded on previous work done by Romit Roy Choudhury, Associate Professor at ECE Illinois, who showed how wearable devices (a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch) can be used to log keystrokes on a keyboard. Focusing only on 12-keys keypads helps attackers achieve more accurate results In Mr. Beltramelli’s research, he narrowed down the attack surface to 12-keys keypads, usually found on ATMs and the touch display of your smartphone, when using a…


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