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Hackers convert smartphone gyroscope into permanent active microphone - Comment on 2014 August 16 (3)

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Researchers have succeeded to record minimal vibrations of the air with the movement sensor, which are produced through sound and therefore to convert it into a rough microphone. Read more:

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Hackers convert smartphone gyroscope into a permanent active microphone

Your smartphone could soon lastingly eavesdrop on you and that without that the microphone must be active. Researchers of the Stanford University have found a way to make a microphone out of a smartphone gyroscope.

A gyroscope is a sensor, which calculates the orientation of a smartphone. This not only facilitates movement orientated games, or the stabilising of pictures of the camera, but also tells the smartphone whether one holds it in portrait or landscape modus. The researchers of Stanford University have succeeded, in cooperation with the defence company Rafael though with the App Gyrophone, to record minimal vibrations of the air with the movement sensor, which are produced through sound and therefore converted it into a rough microphone.

The gyroscopes of Android smartphones can register frequencies between 80 and 250 Hertz, what corresponds exactly with the human voice iPhones are unsuitable for this hack, because they only use frequencies under 100 Hertz. This application becomes particularly eerie because an app needs no entitlement for the access on the movement sensor. But nevertheless there is no reason to lapse into panic and to throw the smartphone out of the window. The eavesdrop attack hack is rather clever than useful because the results let certainly make out voices, but not actual spoken words. The researchers nevertheless admit that the results can clearly be improved on a long-term basis with the help of voice recognition experts.

So the gyroscope of your smartphone can spy you out

That works good enough to pick up parts of words, which are spoken near a smartphone. When the researchers tested the abilities of the gyroscope for eavesdropping they checked this with the numbers one to ten and the syllable O a simulation of that what is for example necessary to steal a credit card number. 65 per cent of the spoken numbers could so be identified. And with a hit exactness of 84 per cent the gender of the speaker could even be identified.

 

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