Monday, October 15, 2012

Experimental App Sends 3D Photos of Your Office to Spies, Your Home to Burglars*

via MIT Technology Review...
...smartphones are increasingly targeted by malware designed to exploit this newfound power. Examples include software that listens for spoken credit card numbers (
Soundminer malware) or uses the on-board accelerometers to monitor credit card details entered as keystrokes (steal keystrokes).

Today Robert Templeman at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, and a few pals at Indiana University reveal an entirely new class of 'visual malware' capable of recording and reconstructing a user's environment in 3D. This then allows the theft of virtual objects such as financial information, data on computer screens and identity-related information. (It even turns of the shutter noise when taking photos.)

Templeman and co call their visual malware PlaceRaider and have created it as an app capable of running in the background of any smartphone using the Android 2.3 operating system. (more)

* Just two scary imagined use for this app.
Want to know more?
We've got their paper right here