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Hackers can steal your ATM pin from your Smart Watch

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As your day-to-day apparel and accessories are turning into networked mobile electronic devices that attach to your body like smartwatch or fitness band, the threat to our personal data these devices collect has risen exponentially. 

A recent study from Binghamton University also suggests your smartwatch or fitness tracker is not as secure as you think – and it could be used to steal your ATM PIN code. 

The risk lies in the motion sensors used by these wearable devices. The sensors also collect information about your hand movements among other data, making it possible for“attackers to reproduce the trajectories” of your hand and “recover secret key entries.” 

In the paper, titled ” Friend or Foe?: Your Wearable Devices Reveal Your Personal PIN,”computer scientists from the Stevens Institute of Technology and Binghamton University used a computer algorithm that can guess your password and PIN with about 80% success rate on the first attempt, and over 90% of the time with 3 tries. 

Retrieving Passwords and PINs Using this Algorithm

Researchers say their “ Backward PIN-Sequence Inference” algorithm can be used to capture anything a person type on any keyboard – from automatic teller machine or ATM keypads to mobile keypads – through infected smartwatches, even if the person makes the slight hand movements while entering PINs. 

“The team was able to record millimeter-level information of fine-grained hand movements from accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers inside the wearable technologies regardless of a hand’s pose,”reports  Phys.org.

Although the researchers do not name specific wearable devices that are vulnerable, they note that attackers can record information about your hand movements… 

…either directly by infecting your wearable device with malware or remotely by intercepting the Bluetooth connection that links your wearable device to your phone. 

The bottom Line:

The team says it doesn’t have any robust solution to prevent this attack but recommends manufacturers and developers to confuse attackers by inserting “a certain type of noise data” that would allow the device to be still used for fitness tracking, but not for guessing keystrokes. 

Another way is to take a low-tech approach – Always enter your passwords or PINs with the hand that is not having a wearable device with the highly sophisticated motion tracker.

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Google pays Student $10,000 For Reporting Security Flaw

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Hackers don’t always make money from criminal activities. Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook have bug bounty programs in which security researchers are rewarded for disclosing existing flaws in the system.
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Last year, Google released a result which shows that hackers were rewarded $3 million throughout 2016. Recently, a Uruguayan student has been rewarded with $10,000 because he managed to discover a vulnerability in Google.

According to Ezequiel Pereira, he found the vulnerability when he was playing with Google services using a web security testing tool known as Burp Suite.

He was actually playing with Burp Suite to find the vulnerability, after many failed attempts, he discovered that the internal web page of yaqs.googleplex.com didn’t have the username or password check in place.

Googleplex.com hosts several Google App Engine applications.

Ezequiel Pereira wrote

“The website’s homepage redirected me to “/eng”, and that page was pretty interesting, it had many links to different sections about Google services and infrastructure, but before I visited any section, I read something in the footer: “Google Confidential

“At that point I stopped poking at the website and reported the issue right away, without even thinking of a better way to show the vulnerability than with Burp”

He also shared screenshots of the email exchanges with Google’s security team the same day. Google’s security team confirmed that the bug he reported was very effective. Pereira says he was very surprised when he received $10,000 from Google team for his work after a month.

However, Google has resolved the vulnerability and the large reward was because they found a few variants that would have allowed an attacker access sensitive data”
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Have A Look At The 7 Most Beautiful Hackers In The World

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They’re extremely cute but these set of ladies can clear an entire bank with just a set of computers. Let me introduce the most beautiful hackers in the world – With a combination of beauty, brains and sex appeal. You certainly won’t want to mess with them.

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Adeanna Cooke

She is a hacker and former playmate . An old friend of hers decided to pose on the internet as her and started taking money for doing so.

This did not go down well with her. If there was anyone who was going to be making money off her body, it was going to be her.

She came across an unauthorized website with her pictures, then she took matters into her own hands and hacked into the account herself to take them down the photos.

After the successful attempts, Cooke also used her hacking skills to help others in similar situations
She was also known as the “Hacker Fairy” to other  women being taken advantage of on the Internet.

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Ying Cracker

Ying teaches people the basics of hacking; things like changing your IP address or wiping Office passwords

Who doesn’t want to learn how to hack from a beautiful chic ?

She was first noticed in a Chinese Hackers’ forum post that got her noticed and created a huge fan base for her.

Her work is quite impressive as well. She’s an expert in writing hacking software and charges a lot of money for simple courses on  hacking tools.

She usually makes about $2000 per month in the hacking business and for that, she certainly deserves your respect.

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Kristina Svenchiskaya

Kristina was a student at The New York University and is a money mule hacker.

She attempted to defraud several British and U.S. banks of millions of dollars using a Trojan horse malware. With collective team efforts, she earned a sum of more than $3 million by opening fake bank accounts and using fake passports.

Kristina was later arrested in 2011 but released after signing a bond and paying $25,000 as bail.

If she had been convicted, she could have been imprisoned for more than 40 years.

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Raven Adler

Ravel Alder is certainly s one of the most gifted and intelligent hackers who’s using her education for good use. She was the first female to give a presentation at DefCon, one of the worlds most prestigious gatherings of hackers .

She currently helps corporations protect their data and other sensitive information. She is also a consultant, lecturer and author who deals in hacking and computer security.

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Kim Vanvaeck

Kim also known as Gigabyte, the Belgium national is well known for developing many high caliber viruses that target hardwares and subsequently destroy sensitive information.

She wrote her first virus when she was 14.  She wrote the viruses not to gain money but to cement her position in a group of hackers that are dominated by men. She wanted to prove to the world that women too can write viruses and can be dangerous hackers, unlike what the world knows it to be. Her virus, Sharp, is credited to being the first virus ever written in C Sharp.

Vanvaeck was later arrested when she was aged 17 but was out on bail in 24 hours due to her minor status.

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Xiao Tian

Tian formed the female hacking group called “China Girl Security Team,” as she felt that there was no other outlet for teenage girls like her in the male-dominated world of hacking.

Her group has  ties with some of the most notorious hacking organisations in the world and has become one of the largest Chinese-based hacking groups.

As with most well-known and outspoken groups of this nature, Tian and the rest of China Girl Security Team continue to receive attention from national and international police organizations due to their activities.

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Anna Chapman

Anna was a Russian hacker who lived in New York City before she was arrested, along with nine others in 2010. She was accused of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency.

Chapman pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General, and was deported to Russia, as part of a prisoner swap. She also lost her U.S. citizenship.

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