New technologies bring new hacking methods. Smartphones with their touchscreens are no exception and moreover, Android running on those devices is not a secure platform. Well, everything is not that bad but it might get worse. My concern is explained by a new Trojan developed at Penn State with the help of IBM.
This Android virus can track input made on any phone via motion sensors. Having infected the device Trojan uses the phone’s motion sensors to find out what keys are pressed. But this virus doesn’t work like keyloggers. As you know, the latter scans the entered data, while this Android Trojan uses the motion sensor and the virtual keyboard map to determine which key has been pressed.
If it is out, users will have a good reason to be concerned about as it, obviously, will threaten their phone’s security. According to researchers, Android Trojan can guess a 4 digit pin 100% of the time, and a 6 digit pin 80% of the time. No doubt researchers have made it to prove Android is not so secure as it seems, and they have no wish to out the virus but there can always appear someone and duplicate it.
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