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Google Glass can swipe your PIN just by looking at it

Google Glass can swipe your PIN just by looking at it
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Google Glass is in the hot seat once again and it's saved the seat next to it for Samsung's smart watch.

This time, the complaint is that Google Glass users, as well as those who have a Samsung smart watch, an iPhone, or a basic webcam, can steal your ATM passcodes simply by standing at least 10 feet away and up to 150 feet away from a person entering the code.

As if ATM skimmers weren't enough to worry about.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell created software which used a special coded video recognition algorithm to track finger movements and hand gestures to identify what numbers are being punched without even seeing the keypad itself.

[Computer science professor at UMass Lowell, Xinwen] Fu and his students tested a variety of video-enabled devices including Glass, an iPhone 5 camera, and a $72 Logitech webcam. They used Glass to spot a four-digit PIN from three meters away with 83 percent accuracy — and greater than 90 percent with some manual correction of errors. Webcam video revealed the code 92 percent of the time. And the iPhone’s sharper camera caught the code in every case. The researchers have tested the Samsung smartwatch just a few times, but it caught the target PIN about as often as Glass.

Fu plans to formally present these findings at the Black Hat security conference in August.

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