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Researchers Used Sonar Signal From a Smartphone Speaker to Steal Unlock Passwords

Researchers at Lancaster University have use an active acoustic side-channel attack to steal smartphone passwords for the first time. On Thursday, a group of researchers from Lancaster University posted a paper to arXiv that demonstrates how they used a smartphone’s microphone and speaker system to steal the device’s unlock pattern. Although the average person doesn’t have to worry about getting hacked this way any time soon, the researchers are the …Read More

Password-Based Authentication ‘No Longer Capable of Meeting Modern Security Demands’

As many as 84% of people responding to a survey by mobile authentication platform provider LaunchKey would like to totally eliminate passwords in a world where a near majority have more than 10 passwords to manage. The survey taken in the US in August 2015 also found that demands on users are exacerbated by the fact that such systems require them to change passwords frequently. LaunchKey’s survey also highlighted disquiet about systems that require users …Read More

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today? Even if you can’t remember, you can keep reading. But a group of researchers think that kind of question could eventually work as a simpler log-in method for some websites and services. The kinds of things you do regularly on your smartphone or computer may be easy for you to …Read More

Credit card terminals have used same password since 1990s, claim researchers

While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a major vendor of payment terminals has been shipping devices for over two decades with the same default password. The vendor wasn’t named by the researchers, David Byrne and Charles Henderson, but they did disclose the password: 166816. A Google search reveals that’s the …Read More

“123456” Maintains the Top Spot on SplashData’s Annual “Worst Passwords” List

SplashData has announced its annual list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet – thus making them the “Worst Passwords” that will expose anybody to being hacked or having their identities stolen. In its fourth annual report, compiled from more than 3.3 million leaked passwords during the year, “123456”and “password” continue to hold the top two spots that they have held each year since the first list …Read More