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Your smartphone's gyroscope can be a hacker's microphone | Digital Trends
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While these raw signals arent enough to glean useful information from, the researchers used signal processing and algorithms to identify the correct speaker from a set of 10 possible speakers with a 50 percent success rate. Related: Who needs malware? I could have wrecked this kids life with a notepad Using a Nexus 4 and a Galaxy S3 , they were also able to successfully recognize simple speech up to 65 percent of the time in speaker-dependent cases and up to 26 percent of the time in speaker-independent cases. The gyroscopes in these phones were also used to correctly identify a speakers gender up to 84 percent of the time. Since iOS and Android require no special permissions to access the gyro, our results show that apps and active web content that cannot access the microphone can nevertheless eavesdrop on speech in the vicinity of the phone, according to the paper. The researchers also offer two suggestions fordefending against gyroscope-based eavesdropping: apply low-pass filtering to raw samples provided by the gyroscope, or apply a form of acoustic masking around the gyroscope itself or on a smartphones case.
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