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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope 96

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the phone-can-be-snooped-on-by-everything dept.
stephendavion (2872091) writes Researchers will demonstrate the process used to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. Researchers from Stanford and a defense research group at Rafael will demonstrate a way to spy on smartphones using gyroscopes at Usenix Security event on August 22, 2014. According to the "Gyrophone: Recognizing Speech From Gyroscope Signals" study, the gyroscopes integrated into smartphones were sensitive enough to enable some sound waves to be picked up, transforming them into crude microphones.
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Your Phone Can Be Snooped On Using Its Gyroscope

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  • Re:So? (Score:4, Informative)

    by JazzXP (770338) on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @09:09AM (#47711535) Homepage
    Basically an app can ask for permissions for the gyro only (if it even needs to) and be recording conversation.
  • The paper says... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday August 20, 2014 @09:24AM (#47711649)

    They are currently able to recognize the spoken digits 1-9 correctly approximately 80% of the time. This is given a training data set from the same speaker and the same phone. Incredibly impressive, especially since it was done from a web browser and requires no special permissions or even knowledge from the user. For those of you that didn't read it. However, James Bond spy tool this is not yet...

I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.

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